MLRC is a non-profit membership association for members of the media and their defense lawyers. We provide a wide range of resources on media law and policy issues.
The biennial Media Law Conference is the most substantive and effective conference for experienced media defense lawyers. The conference focuses on the practical aspects of media law and litigation, with a mix of plenary and boutique sessions on a wide variety of topics.
Join us for MLRC’s biggest event of the year, our annual gala dinner bringing together members, friends, and a terrific cast of journalists. We have an exciting program planned and look forward to seeing many of our colleagues in-person to commemorate another year of success in defending the press and strengthening the media law bar.
Does the Second Circuit’s decision denying the fair use defense bring clarity or confusion to copyright law? Is it time for “appropriation artists” to pay the piper? Is the transformative use doctrine on the wane? Do we see similar arguments under the rubric of substantial similarity? How will the decision effect derivative works?
A practical checklist for attorneys to use when a client seeks advice about potential criminal or civil liability arising out of accessing and/or publishing information where the source (a) was not legally authorized to obtain and/or disclose the information to the press, and (b) insists on being promised confidentiality as a condition for providing the…
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Ninth Circuit Affirms First Amendment Protection for Rachel Maddow; The Most Bizarre Lawsuit(s) Involving ‘The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge’ Gets Dismissed; The ‘Embed’ Saga Continues: Another Court Rejects ‘Server Test’ With More Decisions Looming; Ten Questions for Harry Melkonian and much more.
“Cursing Cheerleader” Decision Leaves Unanswered Questions About Public Schools’ Authority Over Students’ Digital Free Speech Rights; SCOTUS Strikes Down California’s Disclosure Requirement for Charitable Donors; Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition Asking Court to Overrule Public Figure; Donald Trump Tries to Hold Social Media Platforms Liable for Politicians’ Exercise of Soft Power; Ferguson Civil Rights Case…
SCOTUS Ruling on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act May Help Investigative Journalists; New York Appeals Court Dismisses Porco v. Lifetime; Calling a Person Racist or Attributing Racist Statements to Him Not Actionable in Defamation; As Harry And Meghan Become a Hybrid Royal /Celebrity Couple, What If Any Is Their Impact on Celebrity Reporting?; Reflecting on…