Social Media Law

Order, and No Tweeting, in the Court!

November 12, 2012 Social Media

(Guest blog post presenting a US perspective on social media, law and the courts) Changes in communication technology require that existing social institutions, such as lawmaking bodies, the news media, and the courts, adapt themselves to such changes on almost a “case by case” basis. A recent (November, 2009) case serves as an example of […]

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Tommy Sheridan Sentenced: Live Court Tweeting in Scotland

January 26, 2011 General Legal

Tommy Sheridan has been jailed for three years following his conviction in December of committing perjury during his News of the World defamation action. In sentencing Sheridan, Lord Bracadale said “By pursuing a defamation action against the News of the World, you brought the walls of the temple crashing down”

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#IAmSpartacus: #TwitterJokeTrial and #TwJokeTrialFund in December 2010

December 1, 2010 Twitter Joke Trial

It may be argued that none of these were quite as menacing as the first tweet by Paul Chambers, but if the English judiciary is to stand by its precedent, then why has no further enforcement taken place? The reason is that society, which takes a place in any legal system, has revolted against what is surely one of the most misguided pieces of judicial reasoning of the 21st century, principally due to the common failure of the law being able to keep up with technology.

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