Top 5 useful things about media law based on UK ( but useful regardless)
Media Law may seem scary but its boils down to 5 things really - common sense being the global one!
• You have written something that literally ‘defames’ someone
• It harms someone’s reputation
• Libel is specific and refers to something “defamatory” which is written ( it applies to broadcast as well )
• Slander is something you say defamatory so it's “said”
The Definition of Defamation
• You are exposing hatred / contempt to that person
• As a result someone is avoided
• You are lowering someone's reputation in the eyes of the general population
• It knocks someone in their profession or trade.
Your Defamation Defense
• The truth. The caveat is you have to prove it.
• It's your honest opinions expressed totally without malice ( great for reviews)
Contempt of Court ( The scary one)
• Protecting someone’s right to a fair trial
• Something is in contempt of court when it creates a very risk of prejudice to a trial and can carry a jail term ( in the UK)
- You can't just say they are guilty!
It's here to help you! It's just common sense
Remember it varies from country to country but the basics stand regardless. Be reassured the law is there to help you as well as the complainant. Just break it down it is very basic really.
A simple legal letter can be robust to send people away in crazy claims mainly. You can get relatively cheap insurance for this although the excess can be high. If something is wrong, right it quick! Things going back years don't really stand up. "So I remember in 1903" when they are earning millions won't stand up!
Any questions please shout and remember, it's not here to stop your creativity, be real! Opinion is good and most places welcome it!