Inappropriate Content in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • Bunt v Tilley
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 10 Mar 2006

    Of course, to be liable for a defamatory publication it is not always necessary to be aware of the defamatory content, still less of its legal significance. Editors and publishers are often fixed with responsibility notwithstanding such lack of knowledge. On the other hand, for a person to be held responsible there must be knowing involvement in the process of publication of the relevant words. It is not enough that a person merely plays a passive instrumental role in the process.

  • Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 18 Feb 1993

    The authorities cited above clearly establish that a trading corporation is entitled to sue in respect of defamatory matters which can be seen as having a tendency to damage it in the way of its business. Examples are those that go to credit such as might deter banks from lending to it, or to the conditions experienced by its employees, which might impede the recruitment of the best qualified workers, or make people reluctant to deal with it.

  • Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 19 Feb 1992

    In two issues of the Sunday Times newspaper on 17th and 24th September 1989 there appeared articles concerning share deals involving the superannuation fund of the Derbyshire County Council. The Council is the "administering authority" of its superannuation fund under the Superannuation Act 1972 and the regulations made thereunder.

  • Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Oct 1999

    7. Whether comment was sought from the plaintiff. He may have information others do not possess or have not disclosed. An approach to the plaintiff will not always be necessary.

  • Loutchansky v Times Newspapers Ltd (No. 2)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 05 Dec 2001

    The interest is that of the public in a modern democracy in free expression and, more particularly, in the promotion of a free and vigorous press to keep the public informed. That is why in this class of case the question whether the publisher has behaved responsibly is necessarily and intimately bound up with the question whether the defence of qualified privilege arises. Unless the publisher is acting responsibly privilege cannot arise.

  • Kemsley v Foot
    • House of Lords
    • 25 Feb 1952

    The same considerations apply where a defendant has drawn from certain facts an inference derogatory to the plaintiff. If he states the bare inference without the facts on which it is based, such inference will be treated as an allegation of fact. But if he sets out the facts correctly, and then gives his inference, stating it as his inference from those facts, such inference will, as a rule, be deemed a comment.

  • Berkoff v Burchill
    • Court of Appeal
    • 31 Jul 1996

    It is trite law that the meaning of words in a libel action is determined by the reaction of the ordinary reader and not by the intention of the publisher, but the perceived intention of the publisher may colour the meaning. In the present case it would in my view be open to a jury to conclude that in the context the remarks about Mr Berkoff gave the impression that he was not merely physically unattractive in appearance but actually repulsive.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Viewer Discretion Is Advised – UK to Apply Film Ratings to Music Videos
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the body long responsible for providing ratings on theatrical films in the UK, recently launched a voluntary pilot program designed to protect child...
    ...... pilot program designed to protect children from watching inappropriate content whereby music videos would receive film-style age ratings, quite ......
  • House of Lords issues report on digital advertising market
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    Yesterday the House of Lords published a report into the UK’s digital advertising market. It includes: a call for a CMA study into whether the market is working fairly for businesses and consumers...
    ...... lot of commercial attention) is the display of ads alongside inappropriate content and the potential brand damage that can be caused. . Ad ......
  • UK ICO Publishes the Final Version of its Age Appropriate Design Code
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    On January 21, 2020, the UK ICO published the final version of its Age Appropriate Design Code (the “Design Code”), which sets out 15 standards that online services should meet to protect children’...
    ...... measures to safeguard children (in particular from inappropriate content). The Design Code also includes an annex setting out various age ......
  • Understanding Your Child's Online Life
    • Mondaq UK
    ...... If you suspect your child is being bullied or exposed to inappropriate behaviour, perhaps by text, WhatsApp or Snapchat, but you don't know where ...'s own 'Reporting abuse' shows you how to report inappropriate content - and takes you to Snapchat's dedicated 'report a safety concern' link. ......
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