Jul 19, 2016
The highest appellate court in Belgium has held that the European "right to be forgotten" -- which has generally been understood to require the removal of irrelevant and outdated information from search engine results, while keeping the original online material intact -- requires a newspaper to replace the name of a man who asserted rights under the principle with an "X" in an article on his 1994 drunk driving conviction, which was expunged in 2006.
Jul 7, 2016
While I was in Asia, a leading peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of communications law -- Communication Law and Policy -- published my article examining whether academics can assert an "academic privilege" akin to the "reporters privilege" that journalists often assert to avoid revealing information from confidential sources.
Jun 16, 2016
I am finishing up the professional portion of my travels in Japan and Korea, during which I have spoken on media law issues from a United States perspective at the International Communications Association annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan; at the Chung-Ang Law School in Seoul, Korea; and at a forum sponsored by the Korean Press Arbitration Commission.
May 19, 2016
May 12, 2016
A bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation statute after it was held unconstitutional 15 years ago is awaiting action by Governor Robert J. Bentley after passing the state legislature last week.
Apr 27, 2016
As reported by the Decatur Daily, a bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation law has passed the state Senate after it was amended to clarify that criminal libel could not be used against statements regarding elected officials or candidates for elected office.
Apr 25, 2016
I've been quoted by the Associated Press in a story about a bill pending in California that would allows judges to fine jurors who use social media or the internet improperly during trials. And 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain pulled my quote from the AP for his daily news update (halfway down the page).
Apr 22, 2016
I am pleased to announce that in the fall I will be joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where I will be teaching media law.
Apr 18, 2016
Two bills (HB529 and SB404) prefiled in the Alabama legislature before the start of its current regular session would revive the state's criminal defamation statute, 15 years after the Alabama Supreme Court held that law unconstitutional.