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A music talent show broadcast on Sky was "independently created", the UK Court of Appeal has ruled, dismissing claims that the show copied features contained in a pitch for another talent show made to the broadcaster the year previously. 07 Dec 2016
New UK surveillance laws have been finalised in the UK parliament. 17 Nov 2016
The law of defamation aims to protect reputation, and applies to both individuals and companies.
The law protects people's right to privacy in a number of ways.
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.
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 regulates the publication of matters which are under consideration by the court.
This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2008.
EU policy makers have still to clearly explain why proposed new copyright laws, which would give publishers greater ability to control how their content is disseminated online, are necessary, a UK government minister has said. 10 Nov 2016
The BBC has successfully defended a claim that it defamed a London imam before the High Court in London. 03 Nov 2016
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