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Happy New Year and welcome to an exciting 2013. This year Jordans are celebrating 150 years in business. It is interesting to discover that there are a few more organisations that can join us in this celebration.
Much has changed over our long history. Particularly remarkable is the advancement in communications technology. The telephone was discovered some 10 years later but today all businesses rely on phones and the internet. The recent explosion of Social Media has, perhaps, revolutionised the marketing industry and today the small business has access to a wider audience than was possible just a few years ago. This may lead to number of possible breaches of the law, other than copyright, which businesses need to be aware of.
Following the Leveson inquiry, which did not address law in relation to the internet, and the growing concern about cases against users of social media, the Director of Public Prosecutions has published Interim guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media.
The guidelines set out, for the first time, the approach prosecutors should take when deciding whether to prosecute individuals for offences committed on social media.
In the interests of free speech there is a distinction made between four types of communication and prosecution must be in the public interest. Jon English writes more on this topic (read here).
Jon English is also author of book on Law and Social Media, planned for publication in 2013 by Jordan Publishing Limited.
We look forward to results of the public consultation on these interim guidelines (which end in March 2013) and your comments on our twitter @jplbusinesslaw and facebook pages.
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