Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

Photo by Fringer Cat UK communications regulator Ofcom has so far made six sanctions decisions on broadcast content related to the coronavirus. What do these decisions illustrate about what Ofcom considers harmful? In this post, Professor Lorna Woods explains the different types of harm that the regulator appears to take into account when considering misinformation around the virus and … Continue reading Coronavirus and Harm in Broadcast Content

The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

Photo by Harry Quan Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, School of Law, University of Essex On 6 October 2020, Drag Race UK participant Crystal publicly announced her intention to pursue a defamation action against actor and aspiring politician Laurence Fox after calling her a ‘paedophile’ on Twitter. The comment was made in relation … Continue reading The Defamation ‘Drag Race’ against Laurence Fox

The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Photo by PxHere Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On November 2 2020, London’s High Court handed down its hotly anticipated judgment in the high-profile libel case brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp over a newspaper article which labelled him a “wife-beater”. In his 585-paragraph ruling the presiding judge, Mr Justice Nicol, … Continue reading The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Photo by Igor Starkov Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 September 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, formally issued its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice which should be followed by online services to protect children’s privacy. The Age Appropriate … Continue reading ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

Photo by Rami Al-zayat An Essex legal expert has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work on internet safety. Professor Lorna Woods, from our School of Law, has been working since 2017 with William Perrin of the Carnegie UK Trust to develop a workable solution to ‘online harms’, a term that covers a range of … Continue reading Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

Photo by Roman Kraft Professor Stavroula Karapapa, University of Essex, School of Law Digitisation has enabled access to and availability of cultural heritage to an extent previously unknown and, in addition, it has enhanced preservation and modern research opportunities, e.g. through text mining and data analytics. The availability of and access to cultural materials in … Continue reading University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Image from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated “mind-bending” film Tenet was released in the UK in late August 2020 to mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it performed well internationally. This is not, however, surprising for Nolan, whose blockbusters Inception, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight trilogy saw … Continue reading If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

Photo by Joe Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex The allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed Conservative MP have received significant media coverage lately. The Sunday Times reported that the ex-minister was taken into custody on Saturday 1 August 2020 after a former parliamentary employee accused them of rape, sexual … Continue reading Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

Photo by Joshua Earle Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, Lecturers in Media Law, University of Essex A year after the introduction of the UK Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) new rule on gender stereotyping, a new study evaluates the regulator’s approach to depictions of harmful gender stereotypes in advertisements. Dr Alexandros Antoniou and Dr … Continue reading New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?

The main entrance of the French Constitutional Council, Palais-Royal, Paris, France (source: Wikipedia Commons) Dr Clotilde Pegorier, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Note: the hyperlinks to the relevant webpages are in their original languages – French and German. On 13 May 2020, the French Parliament passed a new bill geared to combatting online hate … Continue reading Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?