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MediaLawLetter November 2007


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MLRC Annual Dinner 2007
“Witnesses to Our Time: Independent Voices of the Documentary”

James Goodale Passes the Torch at PLI Communications Law Conference
For 35 Years His Conference Set the Media Law Agenda and Created Our Media Law Bar

5th Annual Conference by Southwestern’s Biederman Institute and MLRC
The Digital Earthquake: Groundbreaking Changes Affecting Entertainment and Media Law

MLRC’s Projects and Finances Reviewed at 2007 Annual Meeting

DCS Reviews Projects & Goals at Annual Meeting
Dean Ringel Incoming President; Nathan Siegel Joins as Treasurer

Ethics Corner: Ethical Considerations of Internet Advertising & Networking


Alaska: Shock Jock’s Radio Comments Can Support Emotional Distress Claim
Hustler v Falwell Protections Not Applicable
Alaska v. Carpenter

New York: New York Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Photo Privacy Case
Single Publication Rule Applies to Privacy Claim
Nussenzweig v. DiCorcia

Tex. App. Ct.: Dallas Newspaper Prevails in Libel Lawsuit Filed by Mexican Newspaper
Summary Judgment Granted on Interlocutory Appeal
Belo v. El Diario

D. Haw.: Hawai’i Federal Court Dismisses Surf Legends Libel and Privacy Claims
Surfer a Public Figure; Publication Was Newsworthy
Chapman v. Journal Concepts, Inc.

N.Y. Sup. Ct.: Trial Court Preserves Anonymity of Blogger
Comments Not Actionable as a Matter of Law
Greenbaum v. Google

Cal. App.: Negligence Claims Against Radio Stations Over Financial Shows Dismissed
No Duty to Monitor Hosts’ Investment Business
Park v. Korea Radio USA, Inc.


S.D.N.Y.: Penguin Putnam Wins Copyright Infringement Trial Over Dorothy Parker Poems
Previously Published Compilation Lacked Sufficient Creativity to Be Protected
Silverstein v. Penguin Putnam, Inc.


U.S.: Recent Cert. Petitions of Note: Boehner v. McDermott; Perfect 10, Inc. v. CCBill
Court to Consider Wiretap Law Appeal; Section 230 and State Right of Publicity Laws


Fla. App. Ct.: Florida Appeals Court Allows Limbaugh Divorce Settlement to Remain Secret
Agreement Not a Judicial Record
Palm Beach News v. Limbaugh

Pennsylvania: Public Has Right to Know Penn State Football Coach’s Salary
State Retirement Systems Records Subject to Disclosure
Pennsylvania State University v. State Employee’s Retirement Board


Canada: Ontario Court Recognizes Defense of “Public Interest Responsible Journalism”
Adopts Reynolds / Jameel Principles to Strengthen Press Protections
Cusson v. Ottawa Citizen

Canada: Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Case on Fair Comment Defense to Libel
Media Coalition Argues for Broadening Defense
WIC Radio Ltd. and Mair v. Simpson

England: Sullivan v New York Times in England A Historical Perspective

ECHR: Police Raid of Journalist’s Home Violated Article 10 30
Major Victory for Press Freedom in Europe
Tillack v. Belgium

France: Court Dismisses Case Against Wikipedia Over Encyclopedia Entry
Protected As a Webhost Under France’s e-commerce Law

New Zealand: Supreme Court Rules Public Interest Trumps Privacy in Video Confession Case
Open Administration of Justice Outweighed Any Claimed Privacy
Rogers v. Television New Zealand