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zoom-in is Abbas Media Law’s quarterly e-magazine. Aimed principally at programme-makers working in television and film production, each quarter zoom-in brings you a round-up of interesting legal and regulatory decisions, as well as the latest media and compliance law news affecting broadcasters and Indies.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, reporting restrictions are lifted in Ant McPartlin’s divorce case; Ofcom rejects a secret filming complaint against Channel 4’s Dispatches; and in the US a new trial is ordered in a Led Zeppelin copyright dispute about their 1971 hit Stairway to Heaven.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, actor Geoffrey Rush gives evidence in his Australian defamation case; MP Nick Brown’s libel claim against publisher Faber and Faber settles; and the Court of Appeal confirms Morrisons is liable for a data breach committed by a rogue employee.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, feud over Feud continues as Olivia de Havilland vows to take her fight to the US Supreme Court; an Oxford Mail journalist

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In this issue of zoom in brief, Elton John to receive payout over dog attack story; Harvey Weinstein to face libel claim from Ashley Judd; and Good Morning Britain in Ofcom breach over homeless SAS veteran story.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, Sir Rod Stewart is sued for using a photo of himself; comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and CBS are sued for defamation by Roy Moore, over Moore’s appearance in Baron Cohen’s new show Who is America?; and the EU Parliament moves a step closer to approving a controversial new copyright Directive aimed at bringing copyright law up to date for the internet era.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, a US court dismisses a copyright claim against The Shape of Water director Guillermo Del Toro; Ofcom has found the BBC in breach over the accidental naming of a 14-year-old; and the High Court has ruled, for the first time, on whether, cumulatively, a number of allegations can overcome the ‘serious harm’ defamation threshold, when individual allegations do not.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, Sir Cliff Richard wins £210,000 damages from the BBC in a landmark judgment; US rock band Rage Against the Machine threaten legal proceedings against LBC presenter Nigel Farage; and Ofcom finds The Alex Salmond Show, on Russia Today, in breach for materially misleading the audience.

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In this issue of zoom-in brief, the Daily Mail apologises to Earl Spencer over Diana allegation; two convicted killers lose ‘right to be forgotten’ case; and the Court of Appeal overturns the reporting restriction in a fraud trial.

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