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Silha Fall Forum will Address FCC Cross-Ownership Rules

On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law will present a special Fall Forum addressing media cross-ownership featuring Rosemary Harold, Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Drechsel Named Silha Visiting Fellow

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law has announced that it will welcome Silha Visiting Fellow Professor Robert Drechsel for the fall 2008 semester.

Who is a journalist? What is “responsible journalism?” How do media law and ethics intersect? Is self-regulation effective – or even possible – in the digital age? Siobhain Butterworth, readers’ editor for The Guardian in London, will consider these and other questions when she presents the 2008 Silha Lecture, “Raise Your Hand if You’re a Journalist: Does Responsible Reporting Need a Legal Defense?” on Oct. 6, 2008, at Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Washington Post Reporter Loses Job over Blog

Washington Post staff writer lost his job in April 2008 after he revealed he was also writing for an unrelated sports blog. Commentators have said the episode was the latest example of a growing problem facing mainstream media outlets regarding employee-published online content.

New York Law Protects Authors from Libel Tourists

New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill April 30, 2008 that grants statewide protection to writers and publishers convicted of libel in foreign courts.

Two California high school principals threatened their school newspapers after they disagreed with students’ editorial choices in spring 2008. Meanwhile, the California legislature passed a bill that would provide greater protection for journalism teachers, but budget issues stalled the bill at the Governor’s desk.

A federal appeals court ruled May 29, 2008 that school officials did not violate a Burlington, Conn. high school student’s First Amendment rights in denying her the position of class secretary after a she posted a personal blog entry calling school administrators “douchebags” and encouraging readers to voice their displeasure with them.

A May 5, 2008 ruling by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California placed a permanent injunction on file sharing Web site TorrentSpy, and awarded the plaintiff motion picture studios statutory damages of $110,970,000 – or $30,000 each for 3,699 infringements – plus court costs.

The Associated Press’ (AP) most recent attempt to protect its news content from online copyright infringement created an uproar in the blogosphere.

Colleges and universities reported a surge in copyright infringement notices from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in spring 2008 amid increasing criticism of the association’s methods of attacking online piracy. Meanwhile, Congress reauthorized a law that will require colleges and universities to take action to prevent students from engaging in illegal file sharing and punish those who do.

Social Networking Web Site Sued over Sexual Assaults, Suicides

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 16, 2008 that a federal law shielded the Web site MySpace from liability for the sexual assault of a Texas girl who met the man who assaulted her via the popular social networking site.

Roundup: Russian Media Feel Pressure from Kremlin

Claims of increasing media censorship in Russia have focused on the impromptu closing of a newspaper that often lampooned political leadership, the June 2008 “extremism” conviction of two journalists, and accusations of a television talk show “blacklist” – all of which were said to be politically motivated.



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