Wonder how Irish law treats copyright, defamation and privacy? This app is a shrink-wrapped version of a new book on Irish media law, written by Andrea Martin. It organises issues by section or topic and deals with almost all areas of media law, including issues affecting online media. Good value for the price, especially as the print edition costs €15.
The Sunday Business Post
QUICK WIN MEDIA LAW IRELAND is “aimed by those who work in the industry seeking quick and practical answers to legal questions they encounter day-to-day”. Priced at €14.95 (less than a tenth of the cost of many legal textbooks), it would also be a useful addition to the library of non-specialist lawyers.
Unsurprisingly, the Defamation Act 2009 (in force since 1 January 2010) features heavily. There are concise sections on, among other things, limitation periods and correction and declaratory orders and on procedural points such as information for juries on damages, lodgements and verifying affidavits. The regulation of broadcasters and of the press is set out in impressive detail.
Some of the areas covered are less obvious and are all the more welcome for that. Thus, the book touches upon vicarious liability for an employee’s defamatory statements and gives helpful advice on the question of what a business can do to protect its website and social networking site from defamation claims. As someone who deals with journalists daily, I was both amused and impressed by the author’s debunking of the myth that using the word ‘alleged’ can avoid legal liability.
As many defamation cases are decided by juries and are, thus, unreported, the inclusion of the details of several unreported cases alone makes the modest outlay on this book well worthwhile. I would recommend it for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
Michael Kealey, Law Society Gazette
Can an email be defamatory? What about stories copied from another news source or publication? What legislation provides for the protection of privacy under Irish law? What remedies are available if someone breaches your copyright? Readers with responsibility for the marketing and communications brief will find the answers to these, and many other questions in QUICK WIN MEDIA LAW IRELAND published recently by Oak Tree Press. Solicitor Andrea Martin, a consultant to the media group at Eugene F Collins who worked for a number of years with RTE, is the author. She adopts a question and answer approach that explores a wide variety of questions ranging from defamation law through media regulation, privacy and data protection and copyright. Aimed at anyone working in the media industry, this is a useful title and is available in both print and Kindle editions.
The Quick Win series is available in hard copy, in e-book format and as apps. All the books are quick guides for the businessman and student and deal with a variety of subjects concerned with business promotion and marketing. Oak Tree Press have hit on a winning formula by getting an expert, usually an academic, in some field of marketing to pose and answer 100 questions. The questions cover every aspect of the subject and the answers are straightforward and to the point. All the books are similar in layout and design, with the information arranged in boxes. The contents are clever in guiding the reader by themes as well as by topics.