The Supreme Court of New South Wales has held that, in relation to defamation liability, media companies are deemed to be the publishers of any comments posted to their public Facebook pages by members of the public. Justice Stephen Rothman’s judgment has implications for any businesses that allow user generated comments on their public Facebook pages (and potentially similar forums) as a means of generating subscription or advertising revenue.
Johnson Winter & Slattery Partner Kevin Lynch participated in a defamation panel discussing the findings of Voller v Nationwide News Pty Limited; Voller v Fairfax; Voller v Australian News Channel (2019) NSWSC 766 for CAMLA’s Communications Law Bulletin.
Kevin was one of five ‘favourite defamation specialists’ called on to share insights on this significant judgement alongside Marlia Saunders, Senior Litigation Counsel, News Corp Australia; Sophie Dawson, Media and IT Litigation Partner, Bird & Bird; Robert Todd, Media and Technology Litigation Partner, Ashurst; and Justine Munsie, Media and IP Partner, Addisons.
Read the full roundtable published in the quarterly Communications Law Bulletin.
You can receive the quarterly Communications Law Bulletin by joining the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) at www.camla.org.au.
Be the first to receive the latest articles, news and publications.
Leading independent law firm, Johnson Winter Slattery is delighted to be named Technology, Media and Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in the Mergermarket M&A Awards Australia 2023. This award...
Leading independent law firm Johnson Winter Slattery has appointed intellectual property specialist Chrystal Dare as a partner in its Melbourne office.
The latest signpost on the long road to defamation law reform appears to point to another departure from national uniformity with the announcement that not all states are on-board for a revised set...