The developing journey of my knowledge of journalism law took another step recently when I began to learn more about the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. I’m pretty sure most people, as I have, have heard of the term copyright before, or have seen this logo before:
But I never knew exactly what it means and I certainly didn’t think of the vast amount of ways that this can influence journalists.
It has only been recently, since delving deeper in to the world of journalism, that I have started to seriously consider the legal aspects of journalism and the serious implications that this can sometimes have. The words defamation, libel and slander were ones that I had seen several times and heard on the news, but I have never fully understood the terms and what they mean. In basic form the law of defamation allows individuals, companies or firms (‘claimants’) to sue for damage to their reputation caused by material that is published and which makes defamatory comments about them (BBC Academy 2014).