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1. A police press conference issue a statement that would be contempt of court. Why can you publish it?

  • There is no defence in law but the Attorney General said media have nothing to fear as long as they only publish a small part of the words.
  • The defence of public interest covers you. No media has ever been prosecuted in these circumstances.
  • There is no defence in law but the Attorney General said media have nothing to fear from publishing in reasoned terms a police appeal for help. No media has ever been prosecuted in these circumstances.
  • The defence of honest opinion means that you can publish this as the police officer's opinions
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2. A warrant has been issued - what does this mean?

  • Proceedings are active.
  • A person will be charged.
  • A person will go to prison.
  • Proceedings will be active soon.

3. What is common law?

  • A law the prime minister has decided upon
  • A law for crimes that are not too serious
  • Built on the law of precedent following decisions of previous cases
  • Laws created by the house of lords for commoners

4. What can you do if someone has breached your copyright?

  • Get a High court or county court injunction to disband the establishment who copied, sue the person who's idea it was and/or order all infringing copies of the work to be burnt in a furnace.
  • Call the police to have them arrested
  • get a High court or county court injunction to stop the publishing, sue the rival paper for damages and/or order all infringing copies of the work to be handed to the copyright owner and destroyed.
  • Hire a lawyer to tell them not to publish anymore, sue the rival paper so that they have to give you everything and/or order all infringing copies of the work to be handed to the copyright owner and destroyed.

5. What applies when proceedings are active in a case?

  • Contempt of Court Act 1988 strict liability rule applies.
  • Contempt of Court Act 1971 strict liability rule applies.
  • Contempt of Court Act 1981 strict liability rule applies.
  • Contempt of Court Act 1991.

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