On Aug. 22, 2016, celebrity and media gossip website Gawker ceased operations after losing its initial appeal of a $140 million judgment in a March 2016 trial court battle with Terry Bollea, better known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Continue reading.
In July 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that criminal defendants have a non-trivial privacy interest in booking photos, also known as mug shots, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Detroit Free Press, Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice (Free Press II), No. 14-1670, (6th Cir. July 14, 2016). Continue reading.
On June 14, 2016, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, 80 Fed. Reg. 19,738 (Apr. 13, 2015) (codified at 47 C.F.R. 1), which reclassified broadband internet access as a utility and imposed provisions on internet service providers (ISPs) enforcing net neutrality principles. Continue reading.
On June 30, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, S. 337, 114th Cong. (2016), into law, which reforms several aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 5 U.S.C. §552. Continue reading.
In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that European citizens retain a right to have online search engine results deleted that link to “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive” information about themselves under the European Union’s Data Protection Directive. Continue reading.
On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), vacating and remanding the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that the lower court failed to properly analyze the “concreteness” requirement for establishing an injury-in-fact. Continue reading.
In June 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturned a jury decision in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura who brought defamation and unjust enrichment claims against American Sniper author Chris Kyle’s estate. Continue reading.
During the 2016 presidential race, free expression advocates have raised concerns over comments and actions taken by Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton regarding the press. Continue reading.
In May 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill that would criminalize “revenge porn,” which is the online distribution of nude photos or other sexually explicit content depicting another person without consent. Continue reading.
Throughout 2016, private companies, government bodies, and media organizations faced data breaches and cyberattacks. Continue reading.
On July 6, 2016, mobile app developer Niantic Inc. released Pokémon Go, a free “augmented reality” game in which players attempt to capture virtual monsters called Pokémon, in the United States in both Apple’s and Android’s mobile apps stores. Continue reading.
When the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its new “Law of War Manual” (Manual) in June 2015, several news organizations and press advocacy groups quickly criticized the way the manual defined “journalists” and “newsgathering activities,” and called on the government to make revisions to the text. Continue reading.
During the summer of 2016, several states confronted legal questions that raised important issues for media law policy within their jurisdictions. Continue reading.
From “culturally offensive” Halloween costumes to protests over controversial speakers to “trigger warnings” in classrooms, debate over freedom of expression only seems new to America’s college campuses. Continue reading.