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Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom

ISBN13: 9781847669025
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.00

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This new title covers the law surrounding freedom of express versus rights of the individual, including in depth analysis of the review of UK libel law and the draft Defamation Bill published in March 2011.

  • Examines the need to protect personal reputation/privacy while at the same time safeguarding genuine investigative journalism
  • Assesses whether the UK’s privacy/libel laws are sufficient to control the excesses of the press (such as phone tapping)
  • Seeks to explain why the press is so hostile to UK media laws
  • Analyses why celebrities choose to sue for libel in London rather than New York

As a lawyer with an international practice comprising of US and UK clients, I welcome this book. From Phone Hacking to Wikileaks, many of the current global media scandals have emanated from the UK. There is no one with the experience, knowledge and insight of Paul Tweed to better explain the impact of these cases and the similarity and differences of Media (including Privacy and Libel) Law in the US and UK.

This book is a valuable resource for lawyers and law schools in both countries. Importantly, it will also make compelling reading for anyone who has an interest in current and breaking media stories and issues.
Paul Wright, President of the British American Business Council (Los Angeles) and Chairman of the Malibu Bar Association, 2012

Libel and Slander, Media and Entertainment Law
Contents includes:
History and development of libel laws in the UK and USA
Actions brought by US personalities in the UK Courts
The ramifications of the Rachel Ehrenfeld case
Importance of striking a balance between an unfettered press reporting in the public interest and one-sided coverage of particular issues
Campaign for the removal of Mr Justice Eady
Level of damages awarded in comparison to costs involved
Super injunctions
Anticipated changes to the law
Alternative remedies
Difficulties facing Claimants without access to legal aid
Media reluctance to engage in mediation
Press campaign against Article 8
Rapid expansion of internet
Consequences of European Court’s recent decision in the Naomi Campbell case
Anti-piracy issues
Liability of internet service providers
Difficulty in enforcement against offshore ISPs
Branding, image rights and difference between UK and US laws
Likely issues to arise in the future.