The growth of the internet has changed the face of the media and publishing world forever, creating all sorts of new publishers – including businesses, charities and individuals – who often find themselves in situations requiring our help.
The ease of communicating online - either through websites, blogs or social networking sites – means there has been a real increase in the amount of people publishing material for public consumption.
Our team advises on a range of issues arising from this activity where the relevant law frequently overlaps with our experience in intellectual property, commercial and regulatory advice, data protection and dispute resolution.
Common areas we advise on include:
- Pre-publication / pre-broadcast clearance;
- Privacy and breach of confidence;
- Malicious falsehood;
- Plagiarism including copyright and database right infringement;
- Reputation management;
- ASA and BCAP Code compliance;
- IP rights infringements via on-line activity;
- Freedom of expression.
Whatever the area we make sure we are with you every step of the way, doing whatever we can to help you achieve your desired outcome.
- The identification of risks and how they can be minimised;
- Advising on freedom of information, privacy and privilege;
- Handling libel actions for claimants as well as defendants;
- Pre-publication clearance of copy;
- The handling of complaints to the PCC;
- Specialised dispute resolution services.
- Advising Michael O'Mara Books Limited whose titles over the years have included "Diana - Her True Story" by Andrew Morton and other unauthorised biographies - including more recently "Manchester United: The Untold Story", in relation to issues of privacy, data protection, copyright, libel and other issues;
- Successfully defending the proprietors of the famous website 192.com against a multi-million pound claim brought by the Royal Mail in the High Court claiming infringement of database right in Royal Mail Group plc -v- i-CD Publishing (UK) Ltd;
- Successfully defending Highbury Leisure Ltd against allegations of copyright infringement arising out of similarities in design between the home interest magazines "Home" and the long established "Ideal Home" in IPC Media Ltd -v- Highbury Leisure Publishing Ltd;
- Successfully representing the publishers of the newspaper "Asharq Al Awsat" in its appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to a claim of Reynolds privilege in Saad Al Fagih -v- H H Saudi Research and Publishing (UK) Limited - being a very rare occasion where a publisher has succeeded in establishing such Reynolds privilege when a claim to such privilege has been tested in Court.