Months after the June 2013 leaks by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed NSA surveillance practices to the world, government responses to the leaks have spurred domestic and international efforts at reforming data security and have led to contentious international relations. Continue reading.
On May 16, 2013, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) introduced S.987, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 (FFIA). Continue reading.
Several reporters who received information from confidential sources have faced potential jail time and fines for refusing to testify about their sources in recent months. Continue reading.
Courts have granted protection to unique types of online speech under the First Amendment in recent months. Continue reading.
With a burst of legislation, the California legislature tackled several topics related to privacy in the fall of 2013. Continue reading.
The following story contains revisions based on factual inaccuracies that were brought to the attention of the Silha Bulletin staff. In the original version of the story, the Bulletin inaccurately reported that the parent company of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Advance Publications, hosted the blog of defendant Douglas Handshoe. It never hosted the blog. The Bulletin also inaccurately reported that Halifax-based attorney David Coles was involved with the litigation between Trout Point Lodge and Handshoe. Coles actually was involved with litigation between Trout Point Lodge and the Times-Picayune. The updated version also clarifies the procedural history of the case, as well as the meaning of the Canadian defamation standards of "true innuendo" and "false innuendo."
On Sept. 5, 2013, a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a district court ruling granting summary judgment to a Mississippi blogger who argued that a Canadian defamation judgment could not be enforced against him because it violated the 2010 Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (“SPEECH”) Act, 28 U.S.C. § 4102. Continue reading.
Courts examining the fair use doctrine, a defense to copyright infringement, have expanded how much of the copyrighted works of others can be used in several high-profile cases in the second half of 2013. Continue reading.
On Sept. 9, 2013, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate announced a new interpretation of the country’s law against spreading rumors via social media. Continue reading.
On Dec. 3, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court issues and order amending Rule 4 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, permanently allowing video cameras in certain Minnesota courtroom proceedings. Continue reading.
During the fall of 2013, major issues in media ethics included a “60 Minutes” correspondent failing to properly vet a key source in a story about the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, and news organizations criticizing the Obama administration for not allowing professional photojournalists to cover the president at public events. Continue reading.
Leading First Amendment lawyer James C. Goodale said that President Obama should take a lesson from the Pentagon Papers case and rethink his approach to conflicts between national security and the First Amendment. Continue reading.