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January 2013

MLRC Bulletin 2012 Issue 3

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New Developments 2012

INTRODUCTION   Decisions applying traditional media law doctrines to online publications made for some of the most interesting developments over the past year, adding some valuable insights and precedents to media case law. Among the interesting decisions were those that considered the opinion defense in various online contexts. Websites that post ratings of products or…

Phone Hacking and the Press: The Leveson Report

New Press Regulations May Change For Ever the UK Press By David Hooper and Brid Jordan Following a 16 month public inquiry in response to the UK phone hacking scandal, Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson in November 2012 released a 2,000 page report with a proposal for press regulation that is likely to change for…

Broadcasters Battle Unlicensed Internet Streaming and Commercial-Skipping DVRs

By Michael A. Norwick The introduction earlier this year of two controversial new digital video technologies – Aereo, a digital streaming service that offers internet access to local broadcast television stations; and the “Hopper,” a new commercial-skipping DVR from Dish Network – has caused an enormous stir among broadcasters who have brought several lawsuits to…

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Exploring the Issue of “Strict Liability” for Defamation

By Michael K. Cantwell* In a case that has gained the attention of the public and First Amendment scholars, an Oregon court this year held that a “blogger” sued for libel was entitled to no constitutional defenses where the plaintiffs were private figures, the blogger was not “media,” and the posts did not involve matters…

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MLRC Bulletin 2012 Issue 3 – Articles and Reports on Signficant Developments

 Download Publication Exploring the Issue of “Strict Liability” for DefamationBy Michael K. Cantwell Broadcasters Battle Unlicensed Internet Streaming and Commercial-Skipping DVRsAereo and Dish Network Test the Limits of Sony Pictures v. Universal StudiosBy Michael A. Norwick Phone Hacking and the Press: The Leveson ReportNew Press Regulations May Change For Ever The UK PressBy David Hooper…