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Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 13 Oct 2021

Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Law Update - Volume 43

On 8 September 2021, the High Court ruled in a 5:2 majority decision that Facebook - and, by implication, any operator of a website or social media…
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Baker McKenzie | Australia | 5 Oct 2021

News providers in Australia have defamation liability for comments posted on websites

The High Court has held that administrators of public social media accounts will be treated as the publishers of third-party posts, for defamation purposes, even prior to becoming aware of those posts. This raises the risk level for anyone with a public Facebook page or other social media account that allows third parties to post comments. The reasoning applies to any public social media......
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Jones Day | Australia | 23 Sep 2021

Australia's High Court Confirms Facebook Page "Owner" Responsible For Defamatory Comments by Third Parties

The application of existing principles of defamation law to social media and other online platforms continues to pique the interest of online platform…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | Australia | 15 Sep 2021

VB Leaseco Pty Ltd (administrators appointed) v Wells Fargo Trust Company NA (trustee)

In November 2021, the High Court of Australia will consider the application of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment done at…
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King & Wood Mallesons | Australia | 14 Sep 2021

Who’s paying the toll for online trolls: the High Court in Voller rules on the meaning of “publisher” in defamation law

On 8 September 2021, the High Court handed down its highly anticipated judgment in the case of Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller; Nationwide…
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Cordato Partners | Australia, Hong Kong, USA | 13 Sep 2021

How can you protect against defamatory comments on your Facebook page?

Everyone with a social media presence in Australia needs to seriously think about dealing with defamatory comments made on their platform or web page…
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EAGLEGATE | Australia | 13 Sep 2021

High Court Puts Muzzle on Facebook Trolls

Defamation law reform is in the news after the High Court found Facebook page owners, in this case media outlets, are responsible for the words of…
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Russell Kennedy | Australia | 10 Sep 2021

High Court re-establishes casual employment test

On 4 August 2021 the High Court of Australia delivered its long-anticipated judgment in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2021] HCA 23, unanimously finding…
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Gilbert + Tobin | Australia | 9 Sep 2021

Voller's case: High Court affirms media are liable for third party comments

Sweeping changes in modern communication do not warrant relaxing the strictness of the common law regarding the publication of defamatory material. So…
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Bird & Bird LLP | Australia | 9 Sep 2021

Case Update: Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd; Nationwide News Pty Limited; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2021] HCA 27

On 8 September 2021, Australia's High Court dismissed an appeal by three Australian media organisations, finding that they were the publishers of…
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