It will be useful to public relations, advertising and publishing professionals faced with legal queries arising in their work, as it will be to non-specialist lawyers and their clients when faced with a media-related problem.
Case law examples, illustrating the principles being discussed, are provided where they may be useful. Lawyers and law students will find further useful precedent law in the full case reports referred to.
QUICK WIN MEDIA LAW IRELAND is divided into six sections:
• The Irish legal system: This section provides an explanation of where Irish law comes from, how it has developed and continues to develop the personal rights guaranteed by the Constitution that are relevant to the media, as well as an explanation of how the Irish courts system functions.
• Defamation law: Perhaps the most important area of law for anyone involved in the media, Irish defamation law was overhauled and updated by the Defamation Act, 2009. QUICK WIN MEDIA LAW IRELAND outlines the underlying principles of defamation law and provides an explanation of Irish defamation law subsequent to the 2009 Act which took effect on 1 January 2010. The application of defamation law to internet and various forms of e-publishing is also discussed.
• Defamation court procedure: For anyone, whether a plaintiff or defendant, involved in defamation litigation, this section provides an explanation of the defences and court procedures they are likely to encounter in the course of a defamation action. New defences and procedures introduced by the Defamation Act, 2009 are also explained.
• Media regulation: This section looks at the regulatory bodies for the print and broadcast media, how they operate and the codes of standards they are charged with preparing and policing. It discusses non-judicial remedies available to members of the public who feel that those codes have been breached. It also considers how hate-speech legislation and censorship affect media content.
• Privacy and data protection: What is often seen as intrusive media reporting, along with the proliferation of personal information about individuals available on the internet, raises major questions about the extent of privacy protection provided by the law. Potential liability under privacy law is an increasing concern for broadcasters and publishers. Furthermore, the importance of understanding data protection law, in an age where anyone with a broadband connection and a PC is potentially a data controller with legal obligations under that law, cannot be underestimated.
In addition, using the grid in the Contents, readers can search for questions and answers across a range of topics, including: Broadcast media; Civil law; Criminal law; Defences; Online media; Print media; Remedies; and Rights. And, where appropriate, answers cross-reference to other questions for a fuller explanation or more information.
The questions asked and answered in QUICK WIN MEDIA LAW IRELAND include questions encountered time and again from journalists, producers, presenters, publishers, editors and composers over many years.
The author, Andrea Martin, Solicitor, is a consultant to the Media Group at Eugene F Collins. She worked as an in-house lawyer for a number of years with RTÉ, Ireland's principal State broadcaster, before returning to private practice. Andrea advises on all aspects of law relevant to broadcast, print and new media publication and regulation. She guest-lectures at third level colleges and universities throughout Ireland, as well as delivering practical training programmes in media law to RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish commercial radio sector.
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