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Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
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Change to Libel and Defamation laws from 1st January 2014

The Defamation Act of 2013 - http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/defamation.html - comes into force at midnight tonight (31st December 2013)

"The aim of the Bill is to reform the law of defamation to ensure that a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation. The Bill makes a number of substantive changes to the law of defamation, but is not designed to codify the law into a single statute."

In particular, it's said to be trying to allow more comment to be made on blogs, forums and other social media without fear of reactions from the person / people / companies who feel critisized to excess and with disproportionate effect - "I don't like what you said, so I'll make life very difficult for you..." - in other words to improve 'freedom of speech'. It's also said to be removing the ability for libels committed outside the UK to be tried here - cutting down on or out on "libel tourism".

Key areas ... the bill / law

* includes a requirement for claimants to show that they have suffered serious harm before suing for defamation
* removes the current presumption in favour of a jury trial
* introduces a defence of "responsible publication on matters of public interest"
* provides increased protection to operators of websites that host user-generated content, providing they comply with the procedure to enable the complainant to resolve disputes directly with the author of the material concerned
* introduces new statutory defences of truth and honest opinion to replace the common law defences of justification and fair comment.

More from this at the BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2555164

Claimants will have to show they have suffered "serious harm" before suing, under the Defamation Act 2013.

The changes - coming in on 1 January - will also address "libel tourism".

The government said the law would reverse the "chilling effect" current libel laws have had on freedom of expression and legitimate debate.

Journalists, scientists and academics have faced unfair legal threats for fairly criticising a company, person or product in the past, the Ministry of Justice said.

It said the Act, in force from Wednesday, would provide "clearer, better protection for people publicly expressing opinions", while campaigners said it was "good news for free speech" but urged Northern Ireland to follow suit.


Please note - I am not a legal expert and I post this information to make readers aware of the thrust of the changes. You should not rely on what I've written to be the complete or accurate story, but rather should check individual circumstances with a professional adviser.
(written 2013-12-31, updated 2014-01-03)

 
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  [29] Silence is Golden - (2004-08-26)
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  [130] Spelling and grammar - (2004-11-25)
  [204] The confidence to allow public comments - (2005-02-06)
  [231] Feedback as lifeblood - (2005-02-28)
  [248] Use me, but use me effectively - (2005-03-16)
  [424] How not to run a forum - (2005-08-24)
  [516] Open source questions? Anyone can ask. - (2005-12-03)
  [651] Please Register with Opentalk - but just once! - (2006-03-19)
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  [828] Freedom of speech and freedom to post - (2006-08-10)
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  [923] Why shouldn't I spam? - (2006-11-13)
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  [1088] Why use BBC code not HTML? - (2007-02-21)
  [1190] Save the Forum - A regular clean sweep - (2007-05-17)
  [1362] No Thank You - (2007-09-23)
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  [1485] Copyright and theft of images, bandwidth and members. - (2007-12-26)
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  [1539] A forum is not always the best vehicle - (2008-02-14)
  [1563] Guidlines for posting on a forum - (2008-03-04)
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  [1578] Please don't shout at me! - (2008-03-16)
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  [1972] Pettifog and forum boards away from public view - (2009-01-03)
  [2103] Ask the Tutor - Open Source forum - (2009-03-25)
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