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A new code of ethics should govern the removal of harmful content from the internet and there should be "large fines" for technology companies that fail to comply with it, a prominent group of MPs has said. 19 Feb 2019
ANALYSIS: It is highly likely that the EU's highest court will be asked to consider the legality of radio stream ripping services in future after their compatibility with copyright rules was assessed recently in two cases in Germany. 18 Feb 2019
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.
UPDATED: Reforms to EU copyright laws have moved closer after a deal was struck by law makers. 15 Feb 2019
Guidance to help brand owners, marketing companies and social media 'influencers', such as celebrities, ensure online endorsements comply with consumer protection laws has published by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 23 Jan 2019
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