A Muslim Musician Is on Death Row for Singing on What’s AppRichard Winfield
The Nigerian musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, was expressing his religious beliefs in his lyrics which praised a Nigerian imam whom he sang was superior to the Prophet Mohammad.
Australia’s Trial of the Century: Ben Roberts-Smith v. Fairfax MediaPeter Bartlett
Australian lawyer gives context about complex case pitting Australia’s most decorated soldier against experienced journalists who allege he committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
Banks v. Cadwalladr – Meaning, Intention & Public InterestEmma Linch
The length and detail of the judgment demonstrates the level of detail required to succeed in a public interest defence.
Lloyd v. Google: UK Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Claimant’s Representative ActionDavid Barker and Caroline Henzell
The Supreme Court rejected the notion that every data subject affected by a non-trivial data breach is entitled to an award of compensation for the mere “loss of control” of their personal data.
A Mighty SLAPP: Ontario Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Over Wall Street Journal ReportingJoseph Weissman
If the decision stands on appeal, it is likely to strengthen press freedom in Canada, providing useful precedent for media defendants under the relatively new and untested anti-SLAPP law.
ZXC v. Bloomberg – Privacy and the Criminal Process in EnglandDavid Barker, Caroline Henzell and Lottie Peach
The case will decide the issue of whether, and to what extent, a person who has not been charged with an offence can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to information that relates to a criminal investigation into their activities.
Landmark Defamation Decision in Australia Says You Are Liable for the Comment SectionPeter Bartlett and Tess McGuire
In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for social media engagement in Australia, the country's top court ruled that media companies may be liable for allegedly defamatory comments left by readers on their Facebook posts.
10 Questions to a Media Lawyer: Harry MelkonianHarry Melkonian
The Sydney lawyer on career moves, big cases, quarantine living, and more.
Going Big, One Problem at a Time: Europe’s Regulation of Digital Services and Markets Gathers PaceRemy Chavannes, Anke Strijbos and Dorien Verhulst
The EU is determined to evolve into a self-aware, digitally sovereign bloc that sets the rules by which global technology companies have to operate. However, it is still struggling to make sharp choices between conflicting objectives, such as between privacy and competition, or between consumer protection and the promotion of innovation.
High Court Hands Privacy Victory to Meghan Markle in Battle with Mail on SundayJulian Darrall
Mr Justice Warby gave summary judgment against Associated Newspapers in respect of the privacy claim, and on the issues of subsistence and infringement of copyright, concluding in each case that there was no realistic prospect of ANL successfully defending those issues at trial.