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Defamation laws in Scotland would become more closely aligned with those in England and Wales under proposals from the Scottish Law Commission. 14 Dec 2017
Media companies that create TV game or quiz shows can win copyright protection for the format of those programmes in certain circumstances, the High Court in London has ruled. 26 Oct 2017
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.
Courts in the UK did not breach their obligation to protect a budding politician's right to respect for his reputation when it dismissed his claim for allegedly defamatory comments published about him online, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has... 17 Oct 2017
A UK businessman has been barred from repeating false statements he made about a rival company and one of its senior employees, and ordered not to process the personal data of that employee again. 13 Oct 2017
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