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November 2017

MediaLawLetter October 2017


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From the Executive Director’s Desk: MLRC Offers an Affordable Way to Train Journalists

10 Questions for a Media Lawyer: Ashley Messenger, NPR


N.D. Cal.: Federal Court Rejects Timber Company’s RICO and Defamation Claims Against Environmental Advocates
Resolute Forest Products v. Greenpeace et al.

3d Cir.: Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Suit Arising from Wrongful Arrest
Lee v. TMZ Productions Inc., et al.

D. Mass.: Court Dismisses ‘Inventor of Email’s’ Defamation Suit vs. Techdirt
Articles Are Protected Opinion; Plaintiff Failed to Plausibly Allege Actual Malice
Ayyadurai v. Floor64, Inc. d/b/a Techdirt

D.C. Federal Court Dismisses Russian Oligarch’s Libel Suit Against Associated Press
No Actual Malice; Statements Not Actionable
Deripaska v. Associated Press

N.Y. Sup.: Former NYTs Columnist’s Libel in Fiction Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss
People Who Know Plaintiff Could Reasonably Think Movie Character Was “Of and Concerning” Him
Cohen v. Broad Green Pictures LLC

California Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Actress’s  Publicity and Contract Claims
Creative Decisions Protected Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Law
Paz de la Huerta v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. et al.


White House Announces Possible Precursor to Stricter Local Regulation for Drone Journalism


Cal.: A Legislative Battle in Long War to Access Body Camera Footage
California News Publishers Association Helps Pen Bodycam Law


UK: High Court of England & Wales: TV Formats Protected by Copyright Even if Elements Are Spontaneous or Changeable
Banner Universal Motion Pictures Limited v. Endemol Shine Group Limited, et al.

Canada’s New Shield Law for Confidential Sources
Journalistic Source Protection Act