Digital Communications – Knowing the Legal Boundaries.

Task One:
Libel – A legal terms libel is to have an untruthful statement published or broadcasted, which could cause that person harm or damage their reputation. By damaging the person’s reputation, it can also affect their business and falsely exposes them to the public. By doing something like this, not only is the journalist wrongfully accusing someone, they are opening themselves or their business to a lawsuit. It is a form of defamation, which is shown in print, pictures, radio, TV or in writing.
Defamation – An intentional false accusation that is either written or spoken or both, which damages the person’s status. Defamation can be either a criminal or civil charge.
Copyright – Copyright gives the author of the song, story etc. rights for it not to be stolen and re-sold. If it is, this can be taken to court.

Task Two:
Twitter users: A guide to the law –
In this story, people had apparently tweeted photos of a child killer, and had been charged with contempt of court.
Lily Allen takes legal action over Mail Online article –
This story talks of how Lily Allen takes Mail Online to court for invasion of privacy and copyright for taking photos of her house, without permission and putting them online. She also took a French magazine to court in the past for falsely accusing her of calling celebrities names – she won this court case.

Task Three:
IPSO was launched on September 8th 2014 and it is the Independent Press Standards Organisation. It is a regulator for newspaper and magazine industries in the UK. This business holds the highest standards of journalism as they monitor and maintain standards for the Editors’ Code of Practice.
IPSO replaced the Press Complaints Commission, which closed on September 8th 2014, due to recommendations by Sir Brian Leveson, published in a Report in November 2012. This was why IPSO “a new, self-regulatory body” was created which is following the leveson principles.

Task Four:
The Digital Economy Act 2010 provides provision against copyright and infringers for the author of the work on the websites, allowing the owner to take action if any of their work is copied illegally, taking penalties and taking the case to court.


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