The Journalist's Guide to Media Law

A handbook for communicators in a digital world Mark Pearson and Mark Polden A practical guide for journalists, public relations and marketing professionals, bloggers and social media experts to staying on the right side of the law. We are all journalists and publishers now: at the touch of a button we can send our words, sounds and images out to the world.

About journlaw

News and comment on journalism and social media law and free expression. This is the blog site of Mark Pearson PhD – journalist, professor and author. © Mark Pearson 2020 – the moral right of the author has been asserted.

The Practitioner's Guide to Social Media and the Law

This publication is produced by the Communication, Entertainment and Technology Law Committee -> NSW Law Society young Lawyers

Adelaide man awarded $750,000 payout over bad Google review

A woman has been forced to pay $750,000 in damages after posting a one-star review telling others to ‘stay clear’.

URL Screenshot -> create evidence of the existence of specific content at a specific time.

Use URL Screenshot to create evidence of: -illegal Internet content / non-repudiation of certain content. -Deleted / Edited controversial news. -Slander, threats or insults on Internet (social networks) / Scams. -Misuse of intellectual property: articles, photographs, plagiarism, etc. -Publication of unauthorized information -Simply demonstrate the existence of a specific content at a specific time.

New Australian Law Threatens Prison For Tech Execs Who Allow Violent Content On Their Platforms

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last month, Australia is putting major pressure on Big Tech to prevent the spread of hateful and violent content on their platforms, with a new law that threatens major fines and imprisonment. The law positions Australia at the extreme end of a growing push to police the digital gatekeepers. On Thursday, Australia’s parliament passed legislation that carries penalties of up to 10 per cent of annual global net sales over the 12

Geoffrey Rush's victory in his defamation case could have a chilling effect on the #MeToo movement

The judgement is a personal and legal vindication for the actor, but it may have unintended side effects for the #MeToo movement and the reporting of sexual harassment allegations.

Gazette of Law & Journalism

The Gazette of Law & Journalism has been covering court cases, legislation and policy issues that affect the media since 1986. Our comprehensive database includes articles, interviews and discussion papers on defamation, contempt, suppression, protection of sources, freedom of information, intellectual property, privacy and media law news – as well as live trial reports and an up-to-date national damages table. An indispensable resource for students, journalists, editors, producers, publishers and practitioners, the Gazette posts new material every few days. Subscribers are alerted by email when important news stories or features are published. Access to articles is by user-name and password. An individual 12-month subscription is $A880.00 (including GST).

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