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MediaLawLetter December 2017
Illinois Court Quashes Subpoena of Reporter in High Profile Chicago Police Shooting Case; Pennsylvania Superior Court Unanimously Vacates Defamation Judgment Against Newspaper; The “Pink Slime” Insurance Coverage Dispute Shines a Spotlight on Media Liability Insurance; Court Reverses Probate Court’s Admitted “Prior Restraint” Against Local News Reporter; Santa’s Gift List for Media Players Naughty and Nice; 10 Questions for a Media Lawyer: Gregg Thomas and more.

The Naughty, Nice, and Nonsensical: Media Law in 2017
Deputy Director Jeff Hermes presents the 2017 Yearly Monthly Daily Awards.

The Monthly Daily
Media law round-up from MLRC Deputy Director Jeff Hermes. In this issue: Jeff slices into Masterpiece Cakeshop | Moore and Mooch vie for embarrassing defamation threat of the month | Amazon gronks out | No, really, play whack-a-mole | Actual knowledge of what, precisely? | “Just one more thing...”

MLRC Bulletin: Developments in International Media Law
Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Populism; How Europe is Tackling Fake News; Could the U.S. Espionage Act Be Used to Prosecute Journalists?; An Introduction to the EU General Data Protection Regulation for US Lawyers; Privacy and the Press in the Digital Age: The Right to Know vs. the Right to Be Forgotten; Media Litigation in the High Court: Doing Justice in the Media and Communications List and more.

Challenges and Solutions for Media Companies and Their Journalist Workforces in Harnessing the Internet’s Power While Avoiding Its Pitfalls
A report from the Employment Committee addressing two very timely issues: (1) How to encourage journalist employees’ use of social media while attempting to reasonably limit that use through policies and workplace rules; and (2) How to deal with the increased frequency with which journalists are subjected to abuse and harassment due to works published online.

Model Brief on Access to the Executive Branch
Model brief setting forth arguments and legal arguments meant to form the basis for a motion seeking media access to the executive branch. The Model Brief includes multiple potential constitutional arguments that could be made to obtain access to various activities of the executive branch. 

Webinar: Criminal Law Issues Media Lawyers Need to Know
A webinar from the MLRC Next Generation Committee covering criminal law issues that media lawyers should be prepared to field, from wiretap and trespass laws to the Espionage Act and grand jury subpoenas.

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media
Fake News, Yelpers, and Tweets, Oh My!: Section 230 Case Law Update; Shared Risks? The Top Six Issues Facing the Sharing Economy; MLRC Roundtable: A Discussion of Big Changes at the FCC

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