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Law in a Digital Age CPD Training Bundle
Defamation and Reputation Management
IT, Technology & Telecoms
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Information & Data Protection Law
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to familiarise listeners with the role of social media and its impact on internet based claims and injunction applications.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the way in which people sacrifice their privacy when using social media;
  • Understand the key principles from the Spycatcher case in the House of Lords;
  • Appreciate how the Spycatcher principles apply to online media;
  • Be aware of recent cases concerning privacy and online media;
  • Appreciate the approach of other jurisdictions on this issue;
  • Understand how lawyers and the judiciary can respond to meet the challenges of online social media.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • A-G v Guardian Newspapers (No2) [1990] 1 AC 109 (“Spycatcher” case);
  • Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2008] EWHC 687 (QB);
  • Trafigura super-injunction;
  • John Terry super-injunction;
  • Tiger Woods injunction.

In this CPDcast, Mark Stephens, a Partner at Finers Stephens Innocent discusses the legal implications of social media with particular emphasis on ex-parte applications and super injunctions. He examines why social media is so important and explains how the legal principles laid down in SpyCatcher can be extrapolated to the cases involving social media. He also discusses the dangers of judges underestimating the influence of social media and how a two-tier media is coming into existence.

Podcast added: 28/07/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-07-30

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