"Media law expert Kim Walker of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the 'right to be forgotten' would have a major effect in relation to news archives. He said that there would be great difficulty in determining what stories are in the public interest and what are not, and that the importance of stories may change over time."
"The fact Facebook now posts whenever I read articles by The Guardian is spooky and weird: I don’t want people knowing that stuff, that’s too personal."
"Sky News’ live video stream from the Supreme Court attracts an average 90,000 visitors a day, according to the channel’s head of news John Ryley. The figure was cited in an open letter sent by Ryley to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke in which he renewed calls for cameras to be allowed in courts. ... Sky News launched its live video feed from the Supreme Court in May."
"It’s easy to say it’s incumbent on the individual to protect their own privacy, but it’s hard to see how we can always stop this type of jigsaw identification of people online. Sometimes people are mentioned online without them even knowing. Certainly having stricter default Facebook privacy settings would help, but it’s not the only answer."
David Banks: "[When] interviewing someone, a journalist uses skill and labour in recording quotes accurately and selecting those most appropriate for publication. So the quotes in an interview are protected by copyright. If any are to be used by another publication then the fair dealing defence would have to be used and the copyright owner, possibly a competitor, would have to be credited."
"Track what's going on in the courts of England & Wales, right now."
"Press Gazette has seen unofficial industry estimates for the following NoW splash stories: "Crouch Beds £800 teen hooker" (8/8/10), "Cheating Roo beds hooker" (5/9/10), "Toon star's cocaine and sex orgy" (7/11/10), "Matt's a cheating sex addict (24/11/10) and "I bedded Roo's Man U team mate" (27/4/11). According to the estimates, "Cheating Roo beds hooker" - the story about Wayne Rooney cheating on his pregnant wife with a prostitute in a hotel room - was the only story to achieve a substantial week-on-week sales uplift. The other editions were either flat or slightly down week on week."
"Around the globe, the struggle to balance the right to individual privacy and the right to a free press has been complicated by the Internet's muddying of the definition of the "press". In Britain, the division between the two competing rights is particularly wide: The country has some of the most aggressive and gossip-hungry tabloid newspapers in the world, and it also has judges who seem willing to balance the tabloid culture with relatively draconian privacy rulings. In the U.S., by contrast, many states have strong privacy laws, but they are loosely enforced because the U.S. media is, on the whole, more likely to self-censor — something that baffles many British journalists."
Judith Townend clears up the increasingly confused terminology and provides some useful data on privacy injunction cases.
"Until the last few days, there were many more people searching for injunction than there were for his name. Each spike in searches for injunction sees a rise in searches for his name. But it’s only on this Saturday (the final day in the graph) that search volumes for the name really outstrip the word injunction. Hardly anyone has been searching for his name plus the word affair until this weekend."
"An ‘door-stepping order’ banning the media from contacting 65 people in a right-to-life case was lifted yesterday - but a new order was imposed banning the publication of information on Facebook and Twitter. ... The order banning the publication of details on Facebook and Twitter is believed to be the first order of its kind."
James Ball on the Wikileaks NDA that he refused to sign.
"Twitter had its highest ever peak in UK Internet visits yesterday (9 May 2011) due to the extraordinary revelations of the super injunction scandal, which exposed the identities of several high profile celebrities."
"Louis Bacon, the founder and chief executive officer of Moore Capital Management, was given permission on Monday to use a UK court order to obtain the information from the US publishers behind Wikipedia, the Denver Post newspaper, and the popular blogging platform WordPress"