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April 2012

MediaLawLetter Associate Edition 2012 Issue 1



UK: Reynolds Given a Shot in the Arm by UK Supreme Court
Decision Bolsters Responsible Journalism Defense
Flood v Times Newspapers Limited

Canada: “Intrusion Upon Seclusion”: New Privacy Tort Recognized in Canada
Decision Will Likely Lead to Claims Against Media
Jones v. Tsige

ECHR: European Court Issues Important Press Privacy Decisions
Sides with Press in German Privacy Cases
Axel Springer v. Germany; Von Hannover v. Germany

Canada: Heavy Evidentiary Burden Imposed On Litigants Seeking Publication Bans and Sealing Orders
Media Intervenors Entitled to Report on Divorce Case
E.H. v. Russell Williams

UK: The Honourable Nathaniel Rothschild Receives a Birching
Daily Mail Wins Libel Bench Trial on Substantial Truth
Rothschild v. Associated Newspapers

Netherlands: Dutch Movie Producer Wins Second Case Over Heineken Kidnapping Movie
Kidnappers’ Reputation Claims Denied

Philippines: United Nations Human Rights Committee: Philippine Criminal Libel Law Violates Freedom of Expression
Broadcaster Was Jailed for Two Years
Case of Alex Adonis


9th Cir.:  DMCA Requires Specific Knowledge of Copyright Violation for Service Provider Liability
General Knowledge of Infringement Insufficient
UMG Recordings v. Shelter Capital Partners


Justices Address Broadcast Indecency
Four Letter Words and Bare Buttocks at the Supreme Court
FCC v. Fox Television

Honor, Lies & Videotape
Supreme Court Argument in U.S. v. Alvarez

What the Court’s GPS Ruling Could Mean for Digital Privacy
United States v. Jones

Supreme Court Delivers Good News to TCPA Defendants
Mims v. Arrow Financial

Supreme Court Upholds Congress’s Right to Restore Copyright Protection to Public Domain Works
Majority Rejects First Amendment and “Limited Time” Challenges
Golan v. Holder


Ill. Cir.: Illinois Judge Snubs Tech Blog – Holds Reporter’s Privilege Inapplicable
Website Not “News Medium”
Johns-Byrne Co. v. TechnoBuffalo LLC, et al


10th Cir.: Tenth Circuit Holds That Detainees Enjoy a Privacy Interest in Booking Photos
Court Compared Mug Shots to Rap Sheets
World Publishing Co. v. United States Dept. of Justice

D.C. App.: Washington Post Wins Release of Jury Questionnaires in Murder Trial
D.C. Court of Appeals Affirms First Amendment Right of Access to Completed Forms
In re Access to Jury Questionnaires

Cal. Sup.: Los Angeles Times Wins Access to State Employee Pension Data
Boost for Pension Transparency

Tenn. Cir.: Media Wins Access to High Profile Adoption Dispute Trial
Court Dismisses Motion for Closure and Sealed Record
In re Hansen


MLRC/Southwestern Media and Entertainment Law Conference
Angels and Demons: Navigating Tricky Entertainment and Media Issues to Reach Legal Nirvana