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Social Media and the Law

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Published Aug 2014 (LexisNexis)
ISBN: 9780409337082. Soft Cover.

George, P; Allen, M; Benson, S; Collins, J; Mattson, J; Munsie, J; Rubagotti, G; Stuart, G.

The rapid rise of social media use in Australia is posing unique challenges to established legal conventions across a number of different areas of law. The interactions between social media and the law can be seen in a wide range of contexts from employment to the criminal justice system.


Social media is increasingly popular not only as a tool for individual interaction but also as a medium for business activity. While social media brings many benefits it also has the potential to expose both individuals and organisations to risks relating to employment law, intellectual property, consumer laws and tort law.

Patrick George (General Editor) is the author of Defamation Law in Australia, which is now in its 2nd edition. He is the Senior Partner at Kennedys in Australia. Patrick has acted in many high profile defamation and media related cases and complex commercial cases over a 30-year period.


Monica Allen is an Associate in Bartier Perry’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. She is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes and has a practice predominantly involving NSW Supreme Court and Federal Court of Australia litigation. Monica holds a Master of Laws and has special interests in cross-border issues, international arbitration and technology related disputes.


Stefanie Benson is a Senior Associate in the Competition practice at Allen & Overy. She specialises in competition and consumer law, including cartel investigations, misuse of market power, mergers, joint ventures, infrastructure access and the Australian Consumer Law. Stefanie acts for clients in the media, technology, communications and retail industries and has a particular interest in cross-border matters and the growth of competition regimes in the Asia-Pacifi c region.


Joseph Collins is a Senior Associate in Clayton Utz’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, where he has acted in a broad range of large-scale commercial disputes. Joseph has a particular interest in the intersection of technology, media and business and regularly advises clients in this space, including major broadcasters and some of Australia’s premier entertainment businesses.


James Mattson is an Executive Lawyer at Bartier Perry specialising in employment law and workplace safety. He is an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law and Industrial Relations. James regularly appears in administrative and industrial tribunals, as well as in courts, representing employers. Social Media and Employment Law is written in memory of James’ nephew, Julian Biasi, who was taken too soon but will never be forgotten.


Justine Munsie is a Partner at Addisons specialising in Media and Intellectual Property Law. Justine acts for clients operating in the media, entertainment, advertising and gaming industries, as well as other brand owners whom she advises on a range of issues relevant to content, branding, reputation and marketing.


Gabriella Rubagotti is a barrister admitted to the NSW Bar and holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of NSW. She practises in the areas of defamation, intellectual property, constitutional and corporate law. Since her commencement at the Bar, Gabriella has appeared in a number of high profi le cases concerning media law and the constitutionally implied freedom of political communication.


Gavin Stuart is an Executive Lawyer in Bartier Perry’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He has over 17 years’ experience providing commercial dispute advice and appearance services covering domestic and cross-border contractual disputes involving jurisdictions such as England, New Zealand, India and the United States of America. He also has extensive experience in fi nance related issues, intellectual property, information technology and regulatory matters. Gavin has a wealth of experience in the conduct of proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW and other states and territories, the Federal Court of Australia as well as specialist tribunals.


  1. Social Media and the Law
  2. Social Media and Employment Law
  3. Social Media and Privacy
  4. Social Media and Defamation Law
  5. Social Media and the ACCC
  6. Social Media and Copyright
  7. Social Media and Litigation
  8. Social Media and Criminal Law
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