The Legal Challenges of Social Media

The Legal Challenges of Social Media


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Social media offers a platform for individual self-expression and the sharing of information. However, social media issues are boundless, permeating distinct legal disciplines. The law has struggled to adapt and for good reason: how does the law regulate this medium over the public/private law divide? This book engages with the legal implications of social media from both public and private law perspectives and outlines how the law has endeavoured to adapt the existing tools to social media.

The expert contributors explore a range of ideas to investigate the intersection between law and social media and they provide an insight into the challenges the legal community currently face. This collection explores key topics such as public and private law implications, the gap between the lay and legal understandings of social media, the conflict of laws regarding social media and the individual rights associated with social media.

This timely study of a complex and ever-changing area of law will be of interest to legal scholars, students and practitioners and will provide a valuable source of reference for those studying or researching media and journalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785364501
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Series: Elgar Law, Technology and Society Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by David Mangan, Department of Law, Maynooth University and Lorna E. Gillies, Lecturer, University of Strathclyde, UK

Table of Contents



Sir Edward Garnier QC

1. Introduction

David Mangan and Lorna E. Gillies

A. Social media and the law

2. Mapping the rule of law for the internet

Andrew D. Murray

B Public order in a virtual space

3. Crime and communication: do legal controls leave enough space for freedom of expression

Jacob Rowbottom

4. Press regulation in a converging environment

Ian Walden

5. Contempt of court and new media

Daithí Mac Síthigh

6. Social media: it is not just about Article 10

Lorna Woods

C Private law responses to social media

7. What is a joke? Mapping the path of a speech complaint on social networks

Emily B. Laidlaw

8. Social media, sporting figures and the regulation of morality

Robin D. Barnes and Paul Wragg

9. Post-mortem social media: law and Facebook after death

Edina Harbinja

10. Social media in the workplace

David Mangan

11. An unwholesome layer cake: intermediary liability in English defamation and data protection law

Andrew Scott

D Cross border regulation of virtual space

12. Getting the balance right: human rights in residual jurisdiction rules of English courts for cross-border torts via social media

Lorna E. Gillies

13. Choice of law in defamation and the regulation of free speech on social media: nineteenth century law meets twenty-first century problems

Alex Mills


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