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Copywrong

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Feature
Who holds the right to secondary publication of articles stored in an online database — the publisher or the author? Adrienne Macintosh explores the issue in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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Internet libel threat transcends time, space

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Analysis
The Internet’s immediacy and global reach means reputations can be ruined with the click of a mouse. The courts have just begun to grapple with allegations of defamation on the Internet, but it’s clear publishers and writers risk being sued in faraway countries. And each “hit” to access archived material could be considered re-publication of a libel, extending the risk of a lawsuit far into the future. By David Crerar.
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The legal watchdogs

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Feature
As John Jaffey of the Ryerson Review of Journalism discovered, it takes a special breed of lawyer to deliver us from libel.
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Paper-thin protection

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Feature
The law offers little protection for journalists who want to keep sources confidential. But as Carly Baxter reports in the Ryerson Review of Journalism, there are some things you can do – and you should know.
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Shooting the messenger

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Feature
Worried about press freedoms in Canada? Try reporting the news in Zimbabwe, says Aaron Leaf in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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Protecting sources 101

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Backgrounder
A Canadian court is unlikely to recognize a journalist’s right to protect the identity of a confidential source. So how should journalists deal with sources who ask for anonymity?
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Lifting the lid off search warrants

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Search warrant files contain a wealth of information about police investigations and allegations of wrongdoing. While warrants are often sealed in high-profile cases, media organizations are winning court battles to bring their contents to light. By Dean Jobb.
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Reporting on the Justice System

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This section contains information, advice and commentary on legal issues that arise when covering court cases, trials and hearings.
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Prosecutors in the spotlight

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Crown attorneys’ media rules walk the line between informing the public and preserving the right to fair trial. So what can prosecutors tell journalists – and the public – about court cases? By Dean Jobb.
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N.S. judges demand media accreditation

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A committee of Nova Scotia judges and journalists has decided that court officials should decide which reporters and media organizations can use cameras and tape recorders at the Law Courts building in Halifax, the province’s busiest courthouse. As Ainslie MacLellan reports in the King’s JournalismReview, journalists haven’t protested but media lawyers warn the plan sets a bad precedent.
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