MediaLawLetter November 2013
MLRC Annual Dinner 2013 - "A Conversation With Aaron Sorkin"; Newspaper Awarded Summary Judgment Against Trial Lawyer Richard A. Sprague; Divided Sixth Circuit Panel Affirms $100,000 Libel Damage Award to Police Officer; Ohio Appeals Court Reinstates Libel Suit Over "Cleveland's Most Wanted" Broadcast; First Amendment Bars Privacy Suit Over TV News Report Exposing Criminal Conviction; Personal Injury Claim Against Dr. Oz Dismissed; Court Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Producers of Movie "Drive"; Controversial Teacher Data Is Subject To Florida's Public Records Law; Virginia Trial Judges Are Sole Decision-Makers On Cameras in Court; Setbacks and Tension in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; 2013 State Legislative Highlights and more.
Access to Public Employee Pension Records
In 2012 and 2013, the MLRC Newsgathering Committee examined the issue of access to public employees' pension records and researched the various statutes and case law that allow for or prohibit public disclosure. This paper summarizes some of the committee's findings and offers suggestions to counsel dealing with the issue both in the courts and in the state legislatures.
Can I Use This Clip? A Guide to Audio/Video Use
A presentation from the Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee on the legal issues arising from the use of audio or video clips. The presentation consists of a powerpoint to be used for training purposes. The powerpoint can be customized to suit the needs of a particular client. Slides that are not relevant to the organization's needs/issues can be deleted, and other information could be added, if desired.
2013 State Legislative Highlights
MLRC State Legislative Committee reports on some of the most significant pieces of legislation (good and bad) passed in 2013 in various state legislatures.
International Media Law Developments: Reform, Regulation and Rebalancing
Bulletin 2013 Issue 2 - September 2013
The New Defamation Act 2013: What Difference Will It Really Make? • Australian Media Law Round-Up • The Supreme Court of Canada and Free Expression 2008-13: Tidal Wave or Tidal Wash? • Liability in Germany for Foreign Web Hosts and Content Providers: Summary of Recent German Supreme Court and European Court of Justice Decisions • Media Defence in Ireland: An Update • Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: A Delicate Rebalancing of Interests • Consumer Attitudes Toward Relevant Online Behavioral Advertising: Crucial Evidence in the Data Privacy Debates • Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Newsgathering: The Sky’s the Limit – Or Is It? • A Guide For American Lawyers to Prepublication Review of European-Based Publications
MLRC Practically Pocket-Sized Guide to Internet Law
Updated July 2013 by the Internet Law Committee. Contains 25 concise articles on a wide-range of Internet law questions that come up in day-to-day media law practice.
Publishing Photos, Images, or Other Illustrations
A presentation from the Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee on the legal issues arising from the use of photos. The presentation consists of two components: a powerpoint to show an audience, and a “script” to explain what is in each slide. The powerpoint can be customized to suit the needs of a particular client. Slides that are not relevant to the organization’s needs/issues can be deleted, and other information could be added, if desired.
MLRC Bulletin 2013 Issue 1: Legal Frontiers in Digital Media
Selected Issues Regarding Patent Infringement Lawsuits Brought by Non-Practicing Entities • Standing Up to Privacy Class Actions • How Clapper Fortifies the Available Defense • The Lanham Act as a Weapon Against Internet Speech • Distinctions With a Difference: Search Engines and Online News Aggregators
Risks and Tips for Digital Images
The Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee's latest paper – Risks and Tips for Digital Images – explores various risks likely to be encountered with the use of digital images and summarizes cases and new issues in this area, all within the framework of a handy checklist full of tips for the expert and general practitioner alike.
In 2004, the Pre-Trial Committee, now known as the Litigation Committee, put together a "Discovery Roadmap" to help media law practitioners strategize discovery in defamation/invasion of privacy lawsuits. Since that time, the increased prevalence of electronically stored information (ESI) has transformed the discovery process in a number of ways. The Litigation Committee decided to update the Discovery Roadmap to encompass the unique issues presented by ESI.