By Charles J. Glasser Jr.
Media is now an international firm. The succeed in of broadcasting and the net has made lack of awareness of the legislation of far-away juristictions a true liabilty. Publishers could be sued, occasionally effectively, for violating criminal criteria hundreds of thousands of miles away. This guide is a nation-by-nation precis of libel and privateness legislation in an easy-to-use structure, overlaying Europe, Asia, and the Americas. it truly is designed for fast research of media legislation because it applies to globally obtainable courses, websites, and twine prone. it truly is written through experts for some of the areas and international locations and is in straigtforward language obtainable to newshounds and editors, in addition to their attorneys, and explains varied nation's definitions of in charge and moral journalism, the hazards international publishers should still comprehend sooner than booklet, what steps publishers may still take to prevent criminal conflicts, and what defenses are avaialble should still they be faced with a declare.
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The UK courts and the EU Court of Human Rights agreed. c. Is the right of privacy based in common law, statute, or constitution? ” This claim is similar to a false endorsement, trademark, or unfair competition claim, wherein people— usually celebrities—who have a value in their image, claim that it is being misused for the purpose of proﬁt. Some celebrities have tried to use this claim as an end run around substantive defamation laws, arguing that because newspapers or broadcasters are in the business of making a proﬁt, their image shouldn’t be used in newspaper stories without their consent.
Using conﬁdential sources is something that reporters should never take lightly. A “shield law” or “reporters’ privilege” is a doctrine that protects reporters from having to disclose their conﬁdential sources. This comes up in a variety of ways: 1. when parties are in litigation and seek to obtain reporters’ notes or outtakes to prove their case (usually through a subpoena); 2. when law enforcement agencies want to investigate or prosecute someone who may have been interviewed by the reporter (also demanded through a subpoena); and 3.
Ofﬁce of Covington & Burling, a 550-lawyer international law ﬁrm, and is co-chair of its technology, media, and communications group. From 2000 to 2003, he was managing partner of the ﬁrm’s London ofﬁce. He advises media companies on libel, privacy, newsgathering, and other content issues in the United States and abroad. Representative clients include the Washington Post Company, Newsweek, National Geographic, Raycom Media, The New York Times Broadcast Group, and others. He also has advised journalists and legislators in more than twenty emerging democracies on proposed laws concerning media, access to information, and protection of journalists, and he was named by the OSCE and UN to the Advisory Group on Defamation and Freedom of Information Legislation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.