Media Law Refresher – In-company training

If you are publishing content, you should really have a refresher on media law every two to three years.

Our face-to-face tailored course will update you on the important aspects of media law when publishing on paper, online and on social media. It covers libel, copyright, data protection, disabled persons’ access to content, model releases and privacy.

You can pick and choose what is most important for you or your organisation and add other subjects. 

Every aspect will be supported with examples and case studies.

Excellent course, bespoked for us. Delighted with the trouble the trainer has taken to address our issues/dilemmas. They pack so much in to a session that the course feels like great value for money. I'm a huge fan. Excellent as always.

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One or half day in-company training course (dependent on needs)

Introductions and objectives


The right to control the copying of all content, the right to defend that right and the defences for infringement of that right.          
  • How and when copyright is created
  • Who owns the copyright and what they can do with that right
  • How long it lasts and what it covers.
  • The three roles of editorial staff in copyright law
  • The creation of copyright for the company
  • The defence of the company's copyright
  • The appropriate use of the copyright of others
  • The defences for an accusation of copyright infringement
  • Where digital media, apps and social media fit in
  • Q&A on copyright
Data protection
  • The data which companies can hold on individuals and what they can do with it
  • The rights of the individuals to access, correct and challenge the data held on them
  • Changes for May 2018 and what they mean for you and your processes
  • Q&A on data protection
Disabled persons’ access
  • What needs to be done to enable people with disabilities to access content online
  • Q&A on disabled persons’ access
IPSO and the Editor’s Code
  • Why IPSO exists and what it means for you
  • Punitive powers and case studies
  • Things to watch out for
  • Privacy and IPSO
  • Privacy and the Human Right’s Act
  • What’s covered, what’s dangerous to publish
  • The role of digital content and social media
Libel and defamation
  • Definitions and examples
  • Things to watch out for

The new law on libel in England and Wales – 2013 Defamation Act

What the claimant has to prove – and what they don’t have to prove
  • Publication
  • Identity
  • Defamed
  • Damage to reputation and/or finances
  • The right place to take the action
What the defences are
  • Truth
  • Honest Comment
  • Peer-reviewed journal
  • Distribution of the content of others on a website covered by the Section 5 defence
  • Reynolds defence
  • Absolute and qualified privilege for journalists

The law of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: much the same as the old English and Welsh law: a brief resume of what the claimant has to prove and the defences.

Q&A on libel

Model release
  • Property release
  • Adult release
  • Minor release
  • Q&A on model release
  • The right to privacy as stated in the Human Rights Act
  • Its consequences
  • The growing case load on privacy
  • The top 10 on what to do and not to do on privacy
  • Q&A on privacy
Wrap up
  • Remaining questions and issues

To do lists – how will you put into practice what you have learned?

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This course provides you with practical skills that you can apply immediately to your own content. We send you away with a list of “To dos” to focus on after your training and will follow-up with you to see how you are getting on. We are always here if you have any queries at all.

To find out more about our range of in-company courses, and how we work and support you both before and after your training, please have a look at our in-company training page.

Our bespoke in-company training is run on a date and at a place to suit you. But if you would rather learn online, please have a look at our Libel and other defamations and Copyright and intellectual property elearning courses.

Please call 00 44(0)1428 722105 or email us for more information on how we can help you organise your training.