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WSJ, WaPo, NYT Spread False Internet Law Claims | Cato @ Liberty
Rebutting nonsense about the supposed publisher/platform distinction in Section 230 of the US's Communications Decency Act. From the Cato Institute, so can't be dismissed as leftist propaganda.
law  censorship  internet 
october 2019 by pw201
Supreme Court ruling is the natural result of Boris Johnson’s constitutional vandalism | News | The Times
Lord Sumption on the Supreme Court ruling: Parliament is the forum for compromise. Boris Johnson tried to circumvent it. So the judges had to make its role explicit.
law  brexit  court  boris-johnson 
september 2019 by pw201
EU Law Analysis: Freedom to insult? Balancing freedom of expression with religious tolerance in ECHR case law
"A recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights has raised again the question of whether there should be limits on free speech when someone might be offended by it – in this case, concerning the Muslim faith. It’s a good opportunity to explain the context of the case and assess what – if any – limits should be acceptable on free speech in such cases."
EU  law  free-speech  islam 
november 2018 by pw201
Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Interesting distinction between adtech and advertising.
gdpr  advertising  law  privacy 
may 2018 by pw201
Charles I, Brexit and the Royal Prerogative
A Queen's Counsel on recent court decision and the royal prerogative. The post has the QC who wrote it answering questions: it sounds like the Government's referendum leaflets promised something they didn't have the power to deliver without Parliament's approval.
brexit  law  court  prerogative 
november 2016 by pw201
FtBCon2: Sexual Harassment Law and You - Google
Ken White (Popehat) talks about American laws related to harassment and convention policies.
conventions  harassment  law  popehat 
april 2015 by pw201
The Fall Of Intrade And The Business Of Betting On Real Life
"There’s always been a thin line between investing and gambling, and one firm turned the concept into a multimillion-dollar industry until the government shut it down. As number crunchers like Nate Silver become cultural touchstones, how does Intrade’s fate predict the future of how we process the world?"
prediction  gambling  intrade  law  business  betting  markets  elections 
june 2014 by pw201
Striking Back Against Censorship — Blog —
Wordpress files suit against two people who misused the provisions of the USA's Digital Millenium Copyright Act to suppress speech about them they don't like. Bravo to Wordpress, though as the miscreants are in the UK and India, I'm not sure how much good a California court will do.
wordpress  dmca  copyright  law  legal  censorship 
november 2013 by pw201
Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
"I am an independent Q.C. and not part of the government machine. I am tasked with reviewing the operation of the United Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws. Where I am critical, I recommend change. My reports and recommendations are submitted to ministers and laid before Parliament." Interesting blog posts and reports on the police use of their anti-terrorism powers.
law  politics  terrorism  police 
august 2013 by pw201
Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service | Techdirt
If you shut down your email service rather than giving the US government a back door, they'll threaten to arrest you.
law  politics  nsa  email  encryption  privacy  lavabit 
august 2013 by pw201
Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours
"David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act." This is why we don't permit laws which allow people to be held for long periods without charge, even if the laws are ostensibly about fighting "terrorism". There's no way that the UK authorities can seriously think Miranda is a terrorist. Via Metafilter, where they're speculating that the US and UK are spooked because they don't know what Snowden has actually got.
law  politics  terrorism  nsa  spying  heathrow  privacy  edward-snowden  glenn-greenwald  gchq 
august 2013 by pw201
Skeptics shouldn't have lined up with the Mail to call Psychic Sally a fraud
"The great pity about the legal battle between the Daily Mail and ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan was that somebody had to win." You're not a sceptic if you call someone a fraud without evidence
libel  law  sally-morgan  evidence  scepticism  daily-mail  psychic  fraud 
july 2013 by pw201
Shock and Law | The Tab Cambridge
"The Red Tops are blowing the law exam way out of proportion, says CHRIS ROWLANDS. He's seen things you can't even imagine."
law  funny  newspapers  cambridge-university  exam 
june 2013 by pw201
Free Speech on the Internet: Silicon Valley is Making the Rules | New Republic
Google, Twitter, Facebook and the new global battle over the future of free speech
law  twitter  speech  google  islam  censorship  facebook 
may 2013 by pw201
Bringing your religious beliefs to work – what are the limits? | Opinion | The Lawyer
Cherie Booth looks at the recent European court decisions on religious expression at work (decisions which seemed pretty sensible to me).
law  religion  discrimination  europe  homosexuality 
january 2013 by pw201
Is Irish Law to blame for the death of Savita?
"In December 2010, the Irish government was told by the European Court of Human Rights to deal with exactly this kind of situation, either by making legislative changes or by issuing clear guidelines which acted to remove any and all ambiguities surround the question of when doctors are required to carry out terminations in order to save women’s lives.

To date, it has done nothing, largely, it seems, because Ireland’s anti-abortion lobby, and the Roman Catholic Church (naturally) have spent the last two years or so trying to shout down any notion that an abortion may be necessary to save a woman’s life in any circumstances.

What this sad case proves, definitively, is that they are lying and the real tragedy here is not just that a woman has died because they were lying but that woman has had to die, unnecessarily and in excruciating pain, to prove them wrong."
medicine  religion  catholicism  ireland  law  abortion 
november 2012 by pw201
FactCheck: Case dismissed on employment law reform | The FactCheck Blog
"The Beecroft study as it appears in the Telegraph contains little in the way of factual evidence as it stands, so it’s difficult to support the venture capitalist’s assertions that a change in the law on unfair dismissal is needed." Via andrewducker.
dismissal  factcheck  law  employment  beecroft  conservatives 
september 2012 by pw201
Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America : The New Yorker
Astonishing (and worrying that it's apparently so easy for British people to be deported to the US).
america  law  crime  politics  prison 
january 2012 by pw201
Nick Davies on phone hacking, Murdoch and News of the World - video | Media |
The investigative journalist Nick Davies on how the phone-hacking scandal has escalated, leading to News of the World's announced closure.
video  law  press  news-of-the-world  nick-davies  murdoch 
july 2011 by pw201
"Don't Talk to the Police" by Professor James Duane
Of course, in the UK, we don't have an unqualified right to silence, but this stuff's interesting anyway. There's a follow-on video where a police officer responds and says the professor is right :-)
law  video  police  legal  lectures  rights 
march 2011 by pw201
New Statesman - Making marriage harder
"the world would be a far happier place if marriage was harder and divorce easier" - an interesting proposal from the New Statesman's legal correspondent.
marriage  funny  law 
march 2011 by pw201
Misplaced outrage over High Court “ban” on Christian foster parents | Gavin Drake
Gavin Drake, a Christian journalist, points out that the judgement on foster parents doesn't do what the right wing press think it does (in fact, it does very little at all), and that the Christian Legal Centre are lying bastards (I paraphrase).
religion  clc  christian-legal-centre  law  foster  homosexuality  christianity 
march 2011 by pw201
Stephen Law: The case of the Christian would-be foster parents
"It's not the Christianity that's the obstacle. It's the bigotry (which happens to be religiously motivated)."
bigots  homosexuality  christianity  law  stephen-law 
march 2011 by pw201
Johns & Anor, R (on the application of) v Derby City Council & Anor [2011] EWHC 375 (Admin) (28 February 2011)
The full text of the judgement in the recent case of a dispute between some Pentecostal Christians and Derby Council over whether the Christians' views on homosexuality made them unsuitable to act as foster carers. Paul Diamond, the barrister who takes a lot of these "help! I'm being oppressed!" cases on behalf of bigoted Christians, gets a bit of a kicking from the judges, which is fun. The judges' reasons for their decision, and the limits of it, are worth reading for how they differ from the hysterical reporting in the right wing press.
religion  christianity  foster  law  homosexuality 
march 2011 by pw201
A True Story Of Daily Mail Lies (guest post)
The Daily Mail are lying bastards. Who knew? (OK, probably you all knew, but it's worth seeing a specific example of outright fabrication of a story and refusal to apologise).
journalism  law  libel  media  daily-mail  dailymail  defamation  newspaper  newspapers 
february 2011 by pw201
Why the Cornish hotel ruling should worry conservative Christians | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |
Andrew Brown on the ruling against a some Christian hoteliers who refused a double room to a gay couple. The Christians would also not allow unmarried straight couples to share a double bed, but the judge made the decision on the basis that the gay couple were civil partners.
religion  sex  homosexuality  law  society  andrew-brown 
january 2011 by pw201
'In the middle of the operation, my colleague said he had to go – it was his home time' - Telegraph
"Senior doctor Tony Strong, 37, works an 80-hour week, despite a recent European ruling that it should be no more than 48." Mr Strong is against the European working time directive, but I'm not convinced that a return to knackered junior doctors treating patients is a good thing either.
law  medicine  europe  surgery  employment 
august 2010 by pw201
'Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI' by Marc Horne - TimesOnline -
Dawkins Our Leader: "Needless to say, I did NOT say "I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI" or anything so personally grandiloquent. You have to remember that The Sunday Times is a Murdoch newspaper, and that all newspapers follow the odd custom of entrusting headlines to a sub-editor, not the author of the article itself. What I DID say to Marc Horne when he telephoned me out of the blue, and I repeat it here, is that I am whole-heartedly behind the initiative by Geoffrey Robertson and Mark Stephens to mount a legal challenge to the Pope's proposed visit to Britain."
richard-dawkins  pope  catholic  abuse  children  ratzinger  law  uk  politics  dawkins 
april 2010 by pw201
Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on ropes | Martin Robbins | Science |
"A staggering one in four chiropractors in Britain are now under investigation for allegedly making misleading claims in advertisements, according to figures from the General Chiropractic Council." Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
science  simon-singh  chiropractor  guardian  health  pseudoscience  quackery  woo-woo  libel  legal  law 
march 2010 by pw201
Heresy Corner: Equality before the law
"If Harriet Harman's odious Equality Bill reaches the statute book in anything like its current form (in other words, if the House of Lords doesn't manage to delay it before a general election intervenes) then there may well be social and legal chaos in this country. There will also be a lot more work for lawyers. A lot." - Heresiarch reckons the Equality Bill is a bad thing.
law  politics  equality 
december 2009 by pw201
Spamhaus v e360: Spamhaus loses - Spyware Sucks
Did Spamhaus win or lose when e360 sued them? This chap argues they made some serious tactical errors, but it remains to be seen what the revised judgment will be and whether Spamhaus will abide by it.
spamhaus  spam  e360  lawsuit  law  jurisdiction 
september 2007 by pw201
Shrink-wrapped licence agreements: the UK legal position
Interesting in the light of the Microsoft vs kerfuffle
law  copyright  eula  uk  contract  legal 
june 2007 by pw201
Reason Magazine - Ticking Bombast
Some interesting variants on the old "ticking time-bomb" justification for torture.
torture  Terrorism  law  henley 
april 2007 by pw201

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