Saturday, November 20, 2004

Media Law at the Guardian

Media Law at the Guardian is the Guardian's media news site, including its Media Law site (free registration required). For example, a recent November 1, 2004 article there by Charles Boundy, group legal director of Random House and partner at Fladgate Fielder, writes about the actual publishers' problem of publishing photos (e.g. of celebrities or politicians) which include children. The article is entitled "The age of enlightenment: When is a child responsible enough to agree to their photo being taken?". Boundy presents an important legal issue in the modern internet age, at a time when photography albums of all kinds are being posted to the internet.

What about the related issue of privacy law? As written by Ciar Byrne in "Government rejects call for privacy law":

The right to a private life is enshrined in article eight of the Human Rights Act. However, separate privacy legislation does not currently exist in English law.

Another example of a law article at the Guardian's Media Law is the October 11, 2004 "No hiding place for pirates" by Andrew Hobson, head of IP (intellectual property) at the law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, who discusses how "the British music industry is to clamp down on illegal file swappers" and what "legal routes ... could be pursued".

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