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Thursday, August 9


Libel and Invasion of Privacy Plenary
This workshop will focus on the legal problems which can arise from your content: How you can avoid getting sued for defamation and invasion of privacy. What the plaintiff has to prove to make out a libel case, your common law and constitutional defenses, the differences in defending cases brought by public and private figures, privileges for opinion and using public records, and the effect of corrections, denials, libelous implications and using anonymous sources will all be discussed. Lawsuits for publishing truthful but embarrassing private facts will also be considered.

Thursday August 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Houston I 1777 Walker St


Copyright and Digital Media
We will start with a consideration of copyright law, because the fact that something is on the internet does not mean it's free for the taking. What is copyrightable, the fair use of newsworthy information and embedding and aggregation of content will all be discussed. We will also talk about ways in which the law treats online speech differently from traditional media, including the ramifications of Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the role of social media platforms.

Thursday August 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Houston I 1777 Walker St
Friday, August 10


Media Law in the Age of Trump
Will Trump succeed in "opening up the libel laws"? Is Trump's threat to put leakers, and publishers and broadcasters, in jail for distributing national security information real? Can Trump bar “unfavorable" reporters from press conferences, and, by tweeting, can he circumvent press conferences altogether? Is FOIA still useful? Do Trump's daily diatribes against the media and calling us "the enemy of the people" have a legal effect and an effect on public opinion?

Friday August 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010