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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


Musicians win on illicit CDs

Roger Pearson looks at The Beatles’ fight to ban sale of an unauthorised recording of one of their early Hamburg performances The recent High Court battle by the remaining members of the Beatles and John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono to prevent an Essex company from marketing a CD of one of the “Fab Four’s” early […]

Scots victims of violence may get state paid lawyers

A state-funded lawyer scheme for domestic violence victims could be introduced as part of sweeping reforms proposed by a Scottish Office consultation paper issued last week. The paper, Access to Justice Beyond the Year 2000, proposes setting up a scheme whereby low-income victims of violence seeking an interdict (the Scottish equivalent of an injunction) against […]

What state the Internet?

Despite the popularity of e-commerce, its regulation is ambiguous, writes David Flint. David Flint is the partner in charge of intellectual property at MacRoberts. Over the last few months, I have attempted to give clients an overview of some of the jurisdictional cases emanating from the US courts relating to the Internet. I would like […]

Naming and shaming

Martin Bowley QC thinks that the Government should put its own legal team in order before attacking other lawyers. Martin Bowley QC is barrister at 36 Bedford Row. It is difficult to decide whether the Lord Chancellor Department’s (LCD’s) recent attempt to “name and shame” lawyers and firms who have received substantial sums from the […]

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