Radio Prank Gone Terribly Wrong - Who's to blame?

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  1. Sparrow

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    Actually it does indeed give you the right to say whatever you want to whomever you want.
    So long as it isn't slanderous or incites a riot or violence immediately after you say it, you are good to go.
     
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    Yes this was brought up, and it seems that in the UK and Australia alike, you do need to get permission beforehand.
     
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    not quite. the person recording the call MUST communicate this fact also, The New South Wales state Surveillance Devices Act prohibits the broadcast of recorded private conversations without participants' permission, with violations punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $58,000.

    In criminal law, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction.
    A hoax also involves deception, but without the intention of gain or of damaging or depriving the victim.

    since the radiostation in question receives payments for advertising, it is considered fraud under the law. had it been a community non profit radio station then you are correct, it would legally be classed as a hoax.

    tho it matters little, as the Aus authorities have merely stated they will cooperate with the Brittish Govt in this matter, so it is unlikely that charges will be laid.
     
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    in this case it seems the radio station attempted to gain permission, calling 5 times before they aired the program, so legally tit could be argued they made reasonable attempt, depending on the judge/magistrate presiding. technically they did not have verbal or written consent but the law allows for some leniency when one attempts to attain permission but receives no reply. it really depends on the Brittish government as to where it goes from here.

    Personally, i think pissing off Prince William is the stupidest idea ever. i think he is the one person in the royal family with the public backing to make shit happen and could make it difficult for anyone getting in his way, not to mention he's the most popular royal outside of England (excepting maybe the queen?)
     
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    yeah I agree with that, so freakin' retarded... This royal family worship is totally idiotic in UK...
     
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    You'd be surprised how many in the UK do not worship the royal family *points at self*
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    Actually I find it more surprising how the royal family of the UK is worshipped outside the country.
     
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    A lot of Australians love the Royal family.
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    Americans as well... From what I've seen anyway.
     
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    which is totally retarded...
     
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    It is rather odd, isn't it. It's almost as if everyone everywhere wants some kind of royalty to look up to...
     
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    well I don't!
     
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    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

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    Well, you're unique. :)
     
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    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

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    Aw, what a heartwarming family picture! :D
     
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    one of my FB friends has it as profile pic :)
     
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    As do I.
    It doesn't seem to matter how inane the event is, but if it has to do with the Royal Family it makes national news here... yet you'll have trouble actually finding somebody who gives a damn about the royal personalities involved. One of the dangers of a 24 hour news cycle, even if it's not news, it becomes news.
     
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    Not sure how many 'worship' the royal family but there's aspects of having a monarch rather than a presidential-type head of state which I support ~ primarily head of state being apolitical and the historical continuance angles and that I despise politicians > negative aspects of monarchy but that's a subject for another thread :)

    On the prank, coverage is getting a bit tedious. Silly prank, tragic overreaction (state of mind?), bereaved family, DJs & station have suffered emotional & financial consequences, support provided to those involved, matter investigated, media maybe think twice about such calls in future.
     
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    There is only one blame - the blame of the suicide - everyone who takes his own life is a coward. If she didn't suicide for this, in the future she would do it for other reason. No one of us has blame for the psychic instability of such people!
     
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    This is a harsh way of stating it but I can't help but agree a bit. I've always seen suicide as a little bit selfish. Especially in the case of leaving children and family who love you behind. You destroyed their lives as well as took your own.