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New laws that will impact online content service providers and copyright holders are set to take effect from 1 April. 27 Mar 2018
The legal threshold that people must satisfy to bring defamation claims in England and Wales is set to be clarified by the UK Supreme Court. 26 Mar 2018
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.
Controversial legislation requiring newspaper groups to pay both sides' costs of litigation is to be repealed in the UK, the government has said. 02 Mar 2018
Parties in defamation cases seeking hearings of preliminary issues can expect more active case management by courts, including requirements to set out their anticipated legal costs, a media law expert has said. 28 Feb 2018
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