A couple who were filmed from a police helicopter, having sex on their patio, should be regarded as victims of voyeurism and entitled to lifelong anonymity, warned the legal team prosecuting the officer who shot the footage. A local editor declined to publish screen grabs despite “lively debate” among colleagues. Read more
However, the judge in the case said it was for editors to decide whether they were actually victims of a sex offence, given they knew they were being filmed. Those who published would risk prosecution. The couple refused to give evidence, meaning they were not entitled to protection as witnesses in the case. Read more
The Mail Online agreed to take down a video showing a bullying attack on a schoolgirl after the mother of one of the alleged bullies said it breached her daughter’s right to privacy. The Editor’s Code section on photographing children was also considered. The decision avoided the need for an IPSO ruling. Read more.
Media organisations had to make difficult ethical decisions about whether to publish potentially distressing images from the March 2017 attack on Parliament. Social media has changed the debate, with some members of the public not exercising restraint, says Press Gazette. Read more
Be aware: places where the public freely go may not be “public places” in every sense – if they’re privately owned, you may need consent to film. Shopping centre security staff are hot on this, though they’re unlikely to worry about people filming with a smartphone.
Parody and pastiche involve copying someone else’s creative work to some extent, which should breach copyright law. That in itself would infringe the human rights of the person making the parody. But as of 2014, English law allows an exemption for parody as long as certain tests are met, according to the website Keep Calm and Talk About Law. Read more
Coventry police officers tweeted pictures of themselves inside the hallways of homes they had found unlocked, when the owners weren’t there. Social media comments focused on their right to enter homes, but is there a media law issue here? Read more
A US judge has dismissed an animal charity’s claim that a monkey owns the copyright on a selfie it took, on a camera set up by a wildlife photographer. The charity wanted to be designated as “next friend”, meaning it would get all the royalties. Read more