As of January 2014, the Defamation Act 2013 introduced a “serious harm” threshold for defamation claims. As set out in section 1(1)a statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the…
Intellectual property and media law
- Please select a briefing
- Privacy rights and ‘citizen journalists’
- GDPR - What happens after 25 May?
- Social media - Defamation and regulation
- Orange or Orange? The importance of trade mark protection
- Radiohead deny bringing an action against Lana Del Ray for copyright infringement – but what is copyright?
- Challenging the validity of a trade mark: Caspian Pizza v Shah
- GDPR: Changes to the data protection regime
- Professionals and social media
- Design Right and Infringement
- Unlimited Fines for Breaches to the Data Protection Act 1998
- Defamation and the “Serious Harm” Threshold Test
- Photography and Copyright Infringement
- Facebook Infringed Privacy of Convicted Sex Offender
- Big Brother is Watching You
- Compensation Claims Under the Data Protection Act 1998?
- Disputes Over IP Ownership Rights
- Journalists Caught in the Crossfire of Defamation
- Can Americans Make Successful Defamation Claims Across the Pond?
- Kick it (defamation) out
- User Guide to Social Media and Avoiding Legal Traps
- The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and Celebrities’ Privacy
Given the tech savvy society, which we live in, it is all too easy to get caught up in the ‘selfie’ culture. More easily done is the potential to loose track of the rules governing copyright law – specifically IP…
CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd and another  NIQB 11 saw the Northern Irish High Court find in the favour of a convicted sex offender and ordered the removal of a Facebook page set up to monitor sex offenders and…
Have you ever visited a website and the adverts displayed on the page contain images of goods or products which you specifically researched online? If so, then it is possible that your private information has been misused. The Court of Appeal…
Section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) affords compensation to individuals who suffer damages as a result of breaches to the DPA, by organisations that hold personal data. Individuals can also ask for compensation for distress suffered, which…
Both are widely used Intellectual Property (“IP”) terminology and both are also used interchangeably from time to time, however, there is a difference between the two. ‘Copyright’ is often a tool used to protect literary or artistic work i.e. books…
Cruddas v Calver  EWHC 2298 (QB) saw journalists and a publisher (the “Defendants”) up in arms and ready to appeal a decision holding them liable for libel and malicious falsehood (of posing as international financiers in an undercover operation)…
The case of The Bussey Law Firm PC and Timothy Raymond Bussey v Jason Paige  EWHC 563 (QB) answers the above question in one simple answer. Yes. The case concerned a claim against the Defendant who admitted that a…
Professional footballs Mr Rufus (Claimant) and Mr Elliot (Defendant) sue one another too! In February 2013, it was purported that Mr Elliot sent Mr Rufus an offensive and aggressive text message following a business dispute and which contained a racist…
The basics In the early stages of becoming a user of social media services such as but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, it is important (albeit a bit boring) to pay attention to the fine print – specifically…