Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mexican Journalist Found Dead

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals, 2011

Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit, both University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, have updated their article, Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals. Here is the abstract.

This document contains information about submitting articles to law reviews and journals, including the methods for submitting an article, any special formatting requirements, how to contact them to request an expedited review, and how to contact them to withdraw an article from consideration. It covers 202 law reviews. The document was fully updated in July 2011.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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Tom Rachman On Journalism and Journalism Novels

Journalist Tom Rachman talks about his new novel, and his favorite reads here in a Guardian article.

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UK ASA Finds Two L'Oreal Ads Misleading

The Guardian reports that the Advertising Standards Authority has nixed two L'Oreal advertising campaigns on the grounds that pictures of Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington were airbrushed to perfection, violating advertising standards.

In the matter of the Julia Roberts ad, the ASA ruled that

the image was produced with the assistance of post production techniques. While Lancôme provided detail on the techniques they used, we noted that we had not been provided with information that allowed us to see what effect those enhancements had on the final image. We acknowledged the pictures supplied from laboratory testing were evidence that the product was capable of improving skin’s appearance, but on the basis of the evidence we had received we could not conclude that the ad image accurately illustrated what effect the product could achieve, and that the image had not been exaggerated by digital post production techniques. We therefore concluded the ad was misleading.


The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) 3.1 (Misleading advertising) and 3.11 (Exaggeration).

In the matter of the Christy Turlington ad, the ASA ruled that

the combined effect of the image and the surrounding text was to suggest that the product could have a significant impact on the appearance of imperfections in the skin. We noted that the claims in the text were broadly consistent with the results of the consumer testing, however, we considered that the information Maybelline provided regarding the digital re-touching of the image was insufficient to establish whether the difference between the “blocks” was an accurate representation of the results the product could achieve. We therefore concluded that the ad was likely to mislead.


The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising) and 3.11 (Exaggeration).

July 27, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

CBS, Netflix Seal Content Deal

From The Hollywood Reporter: CBS and Netflix have entered into a two year deal to provide Netflix users streaming content of CBS Corp's material, including 90210, United States of Tara, Californication, and Dexter. In addition, Latin American subscribers will get access to Medium and Nurse Jackie; Canadian users will have access to Numb3rs and Twin Peaks.

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The AI Author and Copyright

Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law, has published Coding Creativity: Copyright and the Artificially Intelligent Author. Here is the abstract.

For more than a quarter century, interest among copyright scholars in the question of AI authorship has waxed and waned as the popular conversation about AI has oscillated between exaggerated predictions for its future and premature pronouncements of its death. For policymakers, the issue has sat on the horizon, always within view but never actually pressing. To recognize this fact, however, is not to say that we can or should ignore the challenge that AI authorship presents to copyright law’s underlying assumptions about creativity. On the contrary, the relatively slow development of AI offers a reprieve from the reactive, crisis - driven model of policymaking that has dominated copyright law in the digital era. This Article advances the argument that the increasing sophistication of generative software compels recognition that computational creativity is less heterogeneous to both its human counterpart and the current structure of copyright law than appearances may suggest. The Article frames and then seeks to answer some difficult questions arising from the artificially intelligent production of cultural works, including how and when the law of copyrights should evolve, if indeed, it can evolve within constitutional limits to accommodate the birth of the AI author.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Counterinterinsurgency and Wikileaks

Paul Rosenzweig, George Washington University School of Law & The Heritage Foundation, has published Lessons of Wikileaks: The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Cyberspace as The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2560 (2011). Here is the abstract.

Over the past 10 years, the United States has devoted significant resources to the development of a counterinsurgency strategy for fighting non-traditional enemies on the ground. As the global scandal caused by the unauthorized publication of classified government material on the infamous WikiLeaks Web site has demonstrated, it is time for a counterinsurgency strategy in cyberspace as well. While the U.S. government has authored a number of cybersecurity strategies, they all focus too much on technology and not enough on a comprehensive approach to battling cyber insurgency. This paper explains what the U.S. should do if it wants to win the escalating cyber battle.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

July 26, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Twitter in the Courtroom

Mark L. Tamburri, Thomas M. Pohl, and M. Patrick Yingling, Moi University School of Law, have published A Little Bird Told Me About the Trial: Revising Court Rules to Allow Reporting from the Courtroom Via Twitter in volume 15 of the BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report (September 15, 2010). Here is the abstract.

Over the past year, a handful of courts around the country have confronted the novel issue of whether to allow reporting of criminal trials from inside the courtroom via Twitter, the micro-blogging and social networking service. While courtroom "tweeting" provides the public with innovative and current access to trial information, certain rules banning or otherwise restricting cameras in the courtroom can also be read to prohibit tweeting from the courtroom. These rules, however, were never drafted with Twitter in mind. Given the increasing use of Twitter and related technologies by mainstream news media, it is likely that state rules committees will soon be seeking to revise the language of certain rules. This article provides a brief overview of the media's increasing use of Twitter to report on trials from within courtrooms. The balance of the article details considerations - both legal and practical - that rules committees will necessarily have to weigh to address this emerging trend.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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