Fall 2012 Silha Bulletin

Volume 18, Number 1

Below is the Table of Contents for the Fall 2012 edition of the Silha Bulletin.  Click on the title to read the full article.

Bulletin: Fall 2012: Volume 18, No. 1
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Cover Story: Leveson Inquiry Report Calls for New System of Press Regulation in United Kingdom
On Nov. 29, 2012, Lord Justice Brian Leveson released his 1,987-page report of findings and recommendations stemming from his 17-month inquiry into the culture, practices, and ethics of the United Kingdom press. 

FOIA: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Citizens-Only Limitations on Virginia Open Records Requests
In October 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a challenge to a Virginia law limiting open records requests to state citizens in McBurney v. Young

Copyright: Copyright Cases Around the Country Address Illegal Downloading, the Sale of Foreign-Made Works in the U.S., and the Aggregation of Online Listings
New technology continues to test copyright law in courts across the United States. 

Campaign Finance: State Limits on Campaign Contributions Remain in Effect for 2012 Election Season; Voters Call for Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
Despite the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), holding that it is a violation of the First Amendment to suppress corporate campaign spending, several state limits on campaign finances have been upheld by federal appellate courts, and the Supreme Court has declined to weigh in. 

FERPA:  Courts Struggle to Balance Privacy and Transparency Interests in Recent FERPA Case
Recent court decisions highlight the tension between open records laws and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Defamation: Minnesota Courts Address Defamation Claims Stemming from Blog Posts and Online Reviews
Novel questions about the First Amendment and the law of defamation related to speech individuals post online have come before Minnesota courts in recent months. 

FCC: New FCC Rule on Disclosure of Political Advertising Follows 2012 Election Spending
A new rule from the Federal Communications Commission changed the requirements for how broadcasters must disclose political ads purchased at their stations during the 2012 election cycle. 

Privacy: Social Media Policies Threaten Employee Privacy
Although Federal legislation aimed at regulating the relationship between employers, employees, and social media failed in March 2012, the push for rules protecting employee privacy continues. 

Media Ethics: Published Photos of Arguably Private Moments Raise Questions About Whether Media Acted Ethically
A recent string of moments captured by photographers has renewed familiar questions about the ethical decision-making process behind the press’s decision to publish intimate, sometimes graphic photographs. 

Silha Center Events: Silha Lecture Features Experts on the Ethics and Craft of Writing Restaurant Reviews
An outing to an upscale New York seafood restaurant awakened Lynne Rossetto Kasper, moderator of the 27th annual Silha Lecture, author and host of American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table,” to changes in the world of restaurant reviews.