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IT, Technology & Telecoms
Intellectual Property Law
Information & Data Protection Law
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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
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Contributor(s):
Course Aims:

This CPDcast series aims to examine the liability of online publishers for user-generated content. In part one we will examine the areas of particular risk to website owner in England, the advantages and disadvantages of moderation and the implementation of the internet hosting defence.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the main types of action a website owner hosting user-generated content might face;
  • Understand the role of defamation in English law in relation to user generated content;
  • Appreciate that website owners may be liable under copyright law for infringing content;
  • Understand that the publication of private information may give rise to liability;
  • Know the issues that may arise in relation to strict liability of contempt of court;
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of website moderation;
  • Understand the key principles of the E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC;
  • Know how the directive was implemented in the UK.
Level:
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Classification:
Introduction
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Bunt v Tilley [2006] EWHC 407;
  • European Convention on Human Rights;
  • E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC;
  • Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002;
  • Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

In this two part CPDcast series, Timothy Pinto, a solicitor at Taylor Wessing, discusses the liability of online publishers for user-generated content. He examines the areas of particular risk, the advantages and disadvantages of moderation, the internet hosting defence, what to do with requests for the disclosure of the identity of anonymous content providers and finally a summary of practical steps to minimise liability.

In part one, he looks at the types of action a website owner hosting UGC might face namely defamation, copyright infringement and contempt of court. He also examines the advantages and disadvantages of moderation and starts discussing the E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC.

Podcast added: 20/07/2009

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-07-25

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