Musk wins US libel case with good arguments about social media

Elon Musk’s US lawyers used some interesting arguments to defend their client from the accusation of libel.  Musk used the term “pedo guy” in a Tweet after Vernon Unsworth had turned down an offer by Musk to build a submarine to save the trapped Thai football team. Musk did not name Unsworth but Unsworth claimed Read More

Bowie photo copyright infringement

      Here’s a true story about copyright: it shows how careful we all need to be. A hospitality company suddenly gets an email from ImageRights International, a US copyright agency, asking for £1,700. The agency says it has found a picture of the interior of one of the hospitality company’s joints which has the famous Read More

Threat of libel on social media drops again

Great news for creators of social media: the threat of libel has dropped again. Users of social media “read” its content in a casual way and did not pause to reflect.  This new ruling of the Supreme Court says that dictionary definitions of words and elaborate analysis cannot be applied to social media. A new Read More

Take control of your development with “My CPD”​

Give something a three-latter acronym and it sounds important and powerful: HMG, USD, CID, and JCB. Then there’s CPD: not the carbon disclosure project but Continuing Professional Development. In reality, training while in employment. Many professional bodies have CPD requirements for their members: they have to keep their noses to the grind stone by keeping their knowledge and Read More

Draft Defamation Bill nearly gets there

The Government’s draft Defamation Bill published today goes a long way to sorting out libel – but not far enough. The good things it proposes are: The claimant shall prove they were substantially damaged or were likely to be substantially damaged by the statement – now the claimant does not have to prove either; There Read More

Caution becomes the standard

I’ve already said that if you drew a line for the amount of freedom of expression granted in the UK over time, the line would now be dipping. At present there are at least 10 areas of law which pull down this line, making the areas journalists should write and talk about smaller and smaller. Read More