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In this issue of zoom-in brief, Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano’s defamation trial begins in Italy, Rachel Riley is awarded £50,000 in damages following her successful libel action against a political blogger; whilst earlier this month Virginia Giuffre and Alan Dershowitz dropped their lawsuits against each other....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, the copyright lawsuit against Mariah Carey over her hit Christmas song All I Want for Christmas is You has been dropped, the Guardian newspaper has settled a libel claim with two Irish fishermen; whilst Sir James Dyson’s libel proceedings against Channel 4 News have been dismissed....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Jake Paul sued over match-fixing comments, teenage chess prodigy issues $100m libel claim over cheating allegations, and Cardi B cleared over use of tattoo image on mixtape cover. ...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, the Meghan and Samantha Markle defamation saga continues with Meghan seeking witness testimony from a star-studded list of individuals; Donald Trump brings defamation claim against television network, CNN; a far-right blogger faces defamation action from a drag queen following allegations that they exposed themselves to children at a Pride event; whilst Netflix settles its copyright claim against the creators of an unofficial Bridgerton musical. ...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Netflix has settled a defamation lawsuit brought by a chess grandmaster over the depiction of her in the hit series The Queen’s Gambit, a photo editor is bringing action against Netflix over her portrayal as the friend of the “fake heiress” in Inventing Anna, former England footballer Gary Neville is referred to the Attorney General following a social media post made during the domestic violence trial of his friend Ryan Giggs;...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Kobe Bryant’s widow is awarded $15m after photographs were taken and shared of the helicopter crash which killed her husband and daughter, Taylor Swift finds herself trying to shake off another copyright lawsuit, a church pastor in the USA faces copyright infringement claims over their staging of hit play, Hamilton, legal action is threatened against Australian tennis superstar, Nick Kyrgios, over his Wimbledon outburst at a fan; whilst Sussex Police have been...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Cardi B is expected to give evidence in a claim involving a photo on her 2016 mixtape cover, Coleen Rooney is victorious in the highly publicised libel case brought against her by Rebekah Vardy, Ofcom finds the BBC breached impartiality rules in an interview with former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson; whilst in the US, sculptor Jeff Koons fails to have copyright infringement claim against him dismissed. ...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Rachel Riley’s libel claim is heard in the High Court, Ofcom rules that Russia Today broke broadcasting rules 29 times over four days, Love is Blind contestant brings action alleging inhumane working conditions during the filming of the series; whilst both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp file appeals over the awards granted in their defamation showdown. ...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, in an important UK decision on copyright in fictional characters, a ‘dining experience’ based on sitcom Only Fools and Horses is found to breach copyright law. In the US, Sacha Baron Cohen is successful in a defamation appeal brought against him by politician Roy Moore; the comedian, Lewis Black, brings a copyright infringement claim against streaming giant, Pandora; whilst back in the UK, Prince Harry is successful in the first round...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Dua Lipa faces copyright infringement action over her use of a paparazzi photo, Arron Banks is granted permission to appeal defamation lawsuit, estate of photographer brings copyright action against Universal Music Group over picture of hip-hop legend, Tupac; whilst Amber Heard files motion to appeal the verdict in the high profile defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp. ...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Kardashian-Jenners seek costs over failed Blac Chyna lawsuit; Transatlantic jurisdiction battle emerges in Jimi Hendrix Experience rights dispute; and Ed Sheeran awarded costs of almost £1m after success in “Shape of You” copyright claim...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, in the US, Roy Moore is seeking to revive his claim against Sacha Baron Cohen over ‘paedophile device’ skit; judgment is awaited on preliminary issues in Prince Harry’s defamation case against the publishers of the Mail; whilst Leave.EU campaigner Arron Banks loses his defamation claim against journalist Carole Cadwalladr....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Paramount Pictures is sued for alleged copyright infringement over box office hit, Top Gun: Maverick; Mariah Carey faces a copyright infringement claim over festive anthem, All I Want for Christmas Is You; Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson’s misuse of private information action against Mirror Group Newspapers will proceed to trial; Van Morrison takes action against the Department of Health in Northern Ireland; whilst Johnny Depp is successful in his high profile defamation...

zoom-in is Abbas Media Law’s quarterly 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 law and compliance news affecting broadcasters and indies....

What do you love about working in media law? I am an avid consumer of television, especially drama. I love helping producers bring their ideas to life. I’ve just finished working on Steve Knight's SAS Rogue Heroes for the BBC. It's an amazing show, based on Ben Mcintyre’s book, shot in Morocco during Covid. I also worked on the first series of label 1’s ‘Hospital’, which was filmed at St Mary's Hospital Paddington....