Defamation CPD Course - Overview
Defamation has several descriptions all evolving around a central theme of the way in which the broadcasting of material, verbally, written or published online, can affect how an individual or group is perceived or treated by others, resulting in negative behavioural changes towards the claimant.
Lawyers may often be required to advise on matters of defamation and need to be kept up to date with the latest laws that may affect how they act on behalf of their clients.
CPD Courses Covering Defamation Law
Defamation CPD courses can be in the form of:
• classroom-based events
• podcasts, or
• digital recordings of interviews with legal specialists in a particular area of law
A list of Defamation CPD courses have been provided below to help you get a feel for the types of training on offer.
Ofcom Explained & the Law of Defamation – Seminar – CPD hours 3
The communications regulator OFCOM is responsible for the regulation of a number of media including TV, Radio, fixed and mobile phones. This seminar covers the duties and responsibilities of OFCOM especially in relation to the law of defamation.
Course topics include:
• cases of unfair treatment
• freedom of information
• The Watershed
• issues related to privacy
• how OFCOM deals with offensive or harmful material
• data protection, and
• OFCOM surveys
Defamation issues such as the burden of proof, damages and defences will also be examined by using recent case law.
Media Law Update Conference 2012 – CPD hours 6
This conference deals with the increasingly important area of media law and in particular, key issues from the Leveson Inquiry. It looks at recent copyright cases as well as the practices, ethics and culture of the media in recent years.
Topics covered include the Draft Defamation Bill and relevant changes to UK law. It also examines the Leveson Inquiry and the resulting issues of importance such as phone hacking, Paparazzi Scrums and Operation Motorman. It will provide an update on copyright law and how data protection is dealt with in the media.
Defamation & Privacy Online– Podcast – CPD hours 1
This legal training course is aimed at lawyers or solicitors already working in the area of online defamation and examines the legal framework in reference to ‘user generated content’ and how the law has been used in relation to online content.
Particular attention is given to developments in the US in terms of the SPEECH Act and Twitter-law, as well as the identification of bloggers using a Norwich Pharmacal order, where respondents are required to provide documentation or information relating to a case. It also examines a number of review site cases and user generated content sites and the use of linking.
Learning outcomes will include an awareness of the relevant legal developments in the US regarding online content and the legal standpoint on whether search engines will be considered as publishers on a common law level. Issues such as un-moderated comments by users will be discussed in terms of the legal repercussions for online publishers.
You will also have a better knowledge of whether Twitter may be used to serve an injunction and in which cases, and also know how to advise a claimant on the course of action when a poster is defaming them or intruding on their privacy. How to respond to defamatory online behaviour when the user generated content site is hosted outside of the jurisdiction is another interesting area addressed by this podcast.
Defamation CPD Course Providers
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