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Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona

The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC Barcelona for linking the Spanish football clubs to a doping plot....more

Prior Restraint Vacated in Lawsuit by Haiti's Prime Minister

A federal district judge in Miami vacated a prior restraint forbidding a U.S.-based Haitian journalist from ever publishing anything relating to the prime minister of Haiti. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe sued Leo Joseph for...more

European Court confirms that an Estonian Internet news portal is responsible for defamatory comments posted by readers

In the case of Delfi AS v Estonia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld an Estonian domestic court decision to hold Delfi, one of the largest Estonian internet news portals, liable for defamatory comments posted...more

Chinese Defamation Law

With the rapid growth in Chinese media services and increased awareness of legal rights among the Chinese, defamation litigation in China is on the rise. Generally speaking, defamation is usually treated as a civil matter,...more

In The Netherlands And France: Can You Get Away With Insulting Your Boss On Social Media?

In France, judges consider that the answer to this question depends on the parameters of the employee’s profile on Facebook. In a decision of April 10, 2013, the French Supreme Court ruled that when insulting comments...more

New UK Press Self-Regulation – With a Small Blog Exemption

Following concerns raised by bloggers, the UK government has clarified that small blogs will be exempt from the scope of the new UK press watchdog which is to be introduced as a result of the findings of the Leveson Inquiry....more

UK: The Latest Social Media Legal Updates

In our May 30, 2012 post on the Socially Aware blog—“Should We All Be Getting the Twitter “Jitters”? Be Careful What You Say Online (Particularly in the United Kingdom)”—we considered a variety of UK laws being used to...more

Should we all be getting the Twitter 'jitters'? – Be careful what you say online

History is littered with examples of the law being slow to catch up with the use of technology. Social media is no exception. As our Socially Aware blog attests, countries around the world are having to think fast to apply...more

The SPEECH Act: speaking softly?

Amid the turmoil brought by rapid changes in the book industry, American authors and publishers have a little good news. They have recently been granted some protection from at least one threat, "libel tourism." Libel...more

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