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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....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, a Texas pastor sues Kayne West over the use of samples from his sermon in Donda track; streaming giant Pandora fights back, issuing a counterclaim in comedians’ copyright claim; Ofcom clarifies its contributor welfare position in Good Morning Britain complaint; whilst Adidas has its sports bra campaign banned by the ASA....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Drake is dropped from No Guidance copyright claim brought against both him and Chris Brown, Netflix successfully fights copyright claim centring around Tiger King docuseries footage, actor and director Noel Clarke sues BAFTA for defamation, Laurence Fox seeks a jury trial in his defamation action; whilst the Kardashians are victorious, as Blac Chyna is refused damages in defamation claim....

In this issue of zoom in brief: Teen Mom defamation battle dismissed; Samantha Markle commences defamation claims over Oprah interview; Cher battles with Sonny’s estate over copyright royalties; the ICO closes its investigation into Matt Hancock CCTV....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, the Kardashian-Jenner family are in court in Los Angeles in a defamation action brought by Blac Chyna; Netflix is to face a lawsuit in California over its Afflicted docuseries; the multi-talented Emily Ratajkowski settles a copyright infringement claim in the US over her use on Instagramof a photograph of herself; Showtime faces a trademark infringement claim over its ‘UFO’ docuseries; whilst in the UK, the Vardy v Rooney saga rumbles on, as...

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Paul O’Grady in legal dispute with Liverpool brewery over ale named after former, alter ego Lily Savage; Channel 5 is to pay damages over Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away privacy complaint; the High Court issues an injunction preventing the BBC from identifying a possible MI5 agent; whilst separately the broadcaster is ordered to hand over un-broadcast documentary material to Northern Irish police, in connection with terrorism offences....

In this issue of zoom-in brief, it’s copyright all the way: the US Supreme Court is to decide the long-running fair use dispute between photographer Lynn Goldsmith and the Andy Warhol Foundation, over its use of Prince screen prints; back in the UK, Ed Sheeran finally prevails in his copyright dispute with Sami Chokri over the ‘Oh I’ hook of his hit song, Shape of You; whilst back in the US, former President Trump is ordered to testify...

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....