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Privacy right more important than journalistic freedom to use publicly available information, says European court

Journalists can be prevented from publishing information otherwise publicly available that breaches individuals' right to privacy, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.  27 Jul 2015

Rules on video on-demand services could be extended to non-EU providers

US-based online content providers could be subject to EU laws governing video on-demand services under plans being considered by the European Commission. 08 Jul 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • Defamation

    The law of defamation aims to protect reputation, and applies to both individuals and companies. 

  • Misuse of private information

    The law protects people's right to privacy in a number of ways.

  • Malicious falsehood

    The law of malicious falsehood aims to protect economic interests. Malicious falsehood claims are sometimes made in tandem with, or as an alternative to, defamation claims. 

  • Harassment

    Under the Protection from Harassment Act of 1997 (PHA) harassing someone can be a criminal offence and can give rise to civil action. 

  • The sub judice rule and contempt of court

    The sub judice rule regulates the publication of matters which are under consideration by the court.

  • Distribution and exploitation of film and tv rights

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2008.

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Olympics TV deal could spur shake up of major sports broadcasting, expert says

The way that broadcasting rights for major sporting events are awarded and licensed could be set for a significant shake up after the company behind the Eurosport channels won the UK broadcast rights to the 2022 and 2024 winter and summer Olympic Games, an... 06 Jul 2015

Daily newspapers' online video content should not be subject to on-demand regulations, says EU court advisor

Video content published by daily newspapers on their websites should not be subject to regulation under the EU's Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, a legal advisor to the EU's highest court has said. 03 Jul 2015

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