A change in copyright law could make media websites even more vulnerable to having their content ripped off.
Journalists should store contacts on their own computers if they want to keep them when they move jobsBy Cleland Thom 15 October 15:01
A new warning by the Information Commissioner could affect journalists if they take their contact books with them when they leave their jobs.
Police must now explain why they went against Parliament's wishes in using RIPA to target journalistsBy Cleland Thom 14 October 0:15
The Home Office's announcement that it will introduce measures to stop the police using RIPA to access journalists' phone records appears to be a rare victory for press freedom.
By Cleland Thom 07 October 13:04
I welcome Ofcom's decision to take no further action against Sky TV’s Colin Brazier over his report of the MH
The threat that Ripa poses to journalists’ sources is a damning indictment on Parliament. They could have built in a journalistic exemption. But they didn't.
Be warned: the EU cookie monster in on the prowl this week.
Scottish prosecutors to withhold details of criminal charges before cases reach court because of Data Protection concernsBy Cleland Thom 13 September 17:16
A new restriction on reporting Scottish courts went largely unnoticed, but will have a serious affect on crime reporting north of the border.
A report in Kent Online about the court appearance of a man charged with murdering a pensioner made me scratch my head.
Why police were wrong to warn public they could be committing a crime by watching American journalist beheadingBy Cleland Thom 11 September 10:26
The Metropolitan Police were wrong to warn people who watched the video of the beheading of an American journalist that they could be committing a crime.
By Cleland Thom 28 August 14:55
Google Glass is now on sale in the UK. And as hordes of journalists are no doubt rushing out to buy the £1,000 device, it’s worth look at the legal issues.
I blogged the other day about the way the police misuse terrorism legislation to target journalists, and the public.
Damage limitation from Mirror enough to stave off 'serious harm' for libel claimant in first test of Defamation ActBy Cleland Thom 20 August 11:37
A judge has provided the first clues about the realities of the new Defamation Act’s ‘serious harm’ test.
By Cleland Thom 15 August 10:23
The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation’s concerns about free speech (Guardian) provide another example of how the law is being used to stifle journalism.
Plans to give lifelong anonymity to young people involved in court proceedings are to be introduced by the Government.
Never assume you can safely name a sexual offence victim - even if you believe the law is on your sideBy Cleland Thom 29 July 9:50
Most journalists understand sexual offences anonymity laws well. But many forget that the PCC code applies to reports sexual offences, as well – and can be stricter. This was illustrated last week, when the Northern Echo was ordered to pay costs and damages of around £10,000 after naming a rape victim.
Government rejects calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following death of school teacher Ann MaguireBy Cleland Thom 28 July 9:54
The Government has rejected calls to tighten up youth crime reporting restrictions following the death of Leeds school teacher Ann Maguire.
The redefining of 'public interest' journalism has had a devastating effect on our free press - and it's going to get far worseBy Cleland Thom 25 July 9:31
Editors used to work on the basis that public interest applied to every story they published … if it didn’t, they wouldn’t be publishing it.
Information Commissioner's journalism Data Protection guidelines suggest creep towards state-controlled mediaBy Cleland Thom 18 July 9:25
It’s puzzled me for years why nobody has tried to weaken journalists’ rights under the Data Protection Act.
By Cleland Thom 10 July 13:17
Police are to investigate the alleged assault and intimidation of a journalist who was taking photos after a road accident in Scotland.
By Cleland Thom 08 July 15:41
The Bournemouth Echo’s decision to use huge mugshots of drink-drive offenders on their website has had some of their readers reaching for their law books.