Privacy and Copyright in the Internet Age
Joshua Rozenberg considers the law on privacy in the light of two recent, highly significant - and little-noticed - decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. He talks to the senior appeal court judge, Lady Justice Arden, about what the rulings mean and how they relate to the courts and the press in the United Kingdom. They are already having an effect here in Britain. Last week, the High Court in London ruled on a claim for privacy brought by the young international rugby player, Jonathan Spelman - who is also the son of the Cabinet minister, Caroline Spelman. Joshua Rozenberg talks to a leading media lawyer about how young people who are well-known in their field may be legally affected.
William Patry, senior copyright counsel at Google, Inc., has recently published a book called "How to Fix Copyright". Joshua Rozenberg questions him about his proposed reforms, especially as they relate to the United States. How far these might serve the interests of the company for which he works - and how will existing copyright holders in film, music and books be affected?