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MediaLawLetter March 2017
From the Executive Director’s Desk - Back to Basics: LA, Miami Conferences Delight; Digital Conference Upcoming; Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer: Rick Kurnit; Supreme Court Affirms Denial of Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss in “Welfare Queen” Defamation Case; Reality TV Suit Dismissed Under Anti-SLAPP Statute; Court Cuts Off Johnson in His Attempt to Assert Libel Claim; Lawsuit Over Ellen DeGeneres Segment Fails as a Matter of Law and more.

MediaLawLetter February 2017
Protecting a Press and  First Amendment Under Fire; Texas Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Important Media Defamation Case for New Trial; Massachusetts High Court: Anti-SLAPP Law Protects Opinion Writing; 11th Cir.: Applying CA Anti-SLAPP Law, Court Holds No Actual Malice in Doctors’ Dispute; Georgia Court Rules Anti-SLAPP Law Cannot Be Used in Federal Court; D.C. Court Grants Anti-SLAPP Motion and Dismisses Liberian Public Works Minister’s Libel Complaint; N.Y. App.: Axe Murderers Have Name & Image Rights, Too!; Biometric Privacy Class Action Falls Flat Under Spokeo and more.

MediaLawLetter January 2017
D.C. App. Issues Key Ruling on D.C. Anti-SLAPP Statute Climate; Defamation/False Light Claim Based on Hollywood Reporter’s Sony Hack Article Rejected; “Clock Boy’s” Claims Stop Ticking with Anti-SLAPP Dismissal; Colorado News Magazine Wins Summary Judgment; Twitter Defamation Suit vs. Donald Trump Dismissed; New Congressional Law Restricts Contractual Attempts to Silence Unflattering Consumer Reviews; How Should Social Media Platforms Deal with Fake News?; Court Finds For-Profit Consumer Safety Blog Qualifies As “News Media” Under FOIA; Second Circuit Affirms Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke and more.

MLRC Bulletin 2016 Issue 3
A roundtable with Professors Clay Calvert, Amy Gajda, and Kyu Ho Youm discussing the Gawker trial, right of publicity law, Section 230, disparaging trademarks, and publishing hacked e-mails. Also: Access in the Trump Era; Link Liability: An EU/US Comparison; and Will Trump’s Short-Listers “Open Up” Libel Law?

MediaLawDaily December 2016
Jury Finds Rolling Stone Defamed UVA Dean in “Rape on Campus” Article; Wisconsin Court Of Appeals Snuffs Out Firefighter’s Defamation Suit; Kentucky Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against TV Station; Pa. Court Applies Fair Report Privilege to “Colorful” Report; Court Adopts Less Demanding Standard To Prove Malice In Purely Private Defamation Cases; Michigan Court of Appeals Takes Another Encouraging Look at Anonymous Speech; University of Notre Dame Campus Police Force Not Covered by Indiana’s Open Records Law; Santa's Gift List for Media Players Naughty & Nice; and more

Legal Considerations for U.S. Media Companies Who Send Employees Into "Harm's Way"
An updated outline containing practical tips and guidance to help keep media employees safe whether working in the U.S. or abroad.

Using Trademarks in Expressive Works
An in-depth discussion of the main legal defenses that may enable content creators to avoid the time and expense of establishing that consumer confusion is unlikely under the applicable multi-factor test.

MLRC Bulletin 2016 Issue 2: Legal Frontiers in Digital Media
The Test of Time: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Turns 20; The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Recent CDA Decisions; The Potentially Serious Implications of Federal Court Injunctions that Purport to Bind Non-Party Internet Service Providers in Trademark and Copyright Infringement Actions; Preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulation; An Overlooked First Amendment Milestone: The Copyright Fight Over the Rodney King Beating Video

MLRC Bulletin 2016 Issue 1: Report on Trials and Damages
MLRC's 2016 Report on Trials and Damages updates our study to include 9 new cases from 2014 and 2015. Our trial database now includes trial and appellate results in 641 cases from 1980-2015.

MediaLawLetter March 2016
The Donald Hogan: One Person, Multiple Personas; The Monthly Daily; Claims Against Backpage Dismissed Under Section 230; Major Victory for Kentucky Newspapers in Access to Records Case;  NJ Open Records Law Does Not Extend to Out-of-State Requesters; MLRC Miami Conference; Canadian Court Recognizes Private Facts Tort; Texas Has Personal Jurisdiction Over Mexican Broadcasters; “Dancing Baby” Fair Use Decision and Creates More Confusion; and more

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