August 6, 2017

Legal dangers of social media pile-ons

A Texas jury has awarded over a million dollars to a wedding photographer whose client posted defamatory comments on social media. The problem? The photographer’s refusal to hand over the wedding album unless the client paid extra. The bride claimed that the photographer was holding the pictures “hostage”. In the ensuing […]
November 28, 2016

Interviewing victims of crime for publication

The true crime genre is currently popular both locally and internationally. While some publications, such as the US podcast “Serial” and the Netflix series “Making a Murderer“, focus on the accused, others focus on the victim’s story. Understandably, not all victims of crime or their families wish to share their […]
October 22, 2016

Publication risk – ten questions to ask

I’m often confronted with disbelief when I explain the legal complexities of publishing content in Australia. Here’s a simple guide: if you answer “yes” to any of these ten questions, your content probably needs legal review. 1. Does the publication include adverse comments about anyone? A defamatory publication is one […]
February 18, 2016

Promoting your content: ten legal tips

These days a promotional campaign needs to reach audiences through social media as well as traditional publicity channels. But promoting your content through social media can increase legal risks. A well known example is the case of Hockey v Fairfax, where Joe Hockey failed to win defamation damages from Fairfax over an […]