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December 2015

MediaLawLetter November 2015


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From the Executive Director’s Desk
Free Speech in Jeopardy on Campuses

2015 Annual Dinner: A Night at the Movies
Lively Panel Discusses Journalism, Law and Film
MLRC Annual Meeting Reviews Accomplishments and Plans for Next Year


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reinstates Verdict In Favor Of Media Defendants
Decision Ends Long-Running Newspaper Libel Case
Joseph v. Scranton Times

Conn.: Connecticut Court Holds That First Amendment Protects Posting of Missing Person Flyers
Gleason v. Smolinski

E.D. Va.: Virginia Federal Court Dismisses Libel Complaint Against Forbes Contributor
Complaint Failed Iqbal/Twombley Test;  Article Was Substantially True and Opinion
Sota v. Estevez


Fla. App.: Florida Appellate Court Reverses Order Compelling Economic Development Commission to Disclose Records
Economic Dev. Comm’n v. Ellis


Second Circuit Rules in Favor of Author of “Point Break” Parody
Unauthorized Parody Protected By Copyright Law
Keeling v. Hars

E.D. Mo.: Court Upholds Advertising Proposal Use of Photos as Fair Use
Kennedy v. Gish Sherwood & Friends, Inc.


Polish Blasphemy Law Declared Constitutional
Missed Opportunity to Protect Freedom of Expression in Poland

Photos of Children in California a Misuse of Private Information & Breach of Data Protection When Published in England
Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited

Across the Pond: Updates on UK and European Media Law
Contempt of Court, ECHR and Privacy, Responsible Journalism Defense