Tag: defamation

by Jonathan Peters

If you’re a self-described journalist who posts on Internet message boards, then you’re not protected by the reporter’s shield law. So says, at least, the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Earlier this week, it handed down Too Much Media LLC v. Hale [PDF file], a case featuring porn, cybersecurity and death threats. (What more could [...] more »

by Rob Arcamona

On November 13, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s website, StLToday, asked readers to comment on a story titled, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?” Soon, a commenter posted a reply that included a “vulgar, two-syllable word for a part of a woman’s anatomy,” according to an online account by Kurt Greenbaum, the paper’s director of [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

As newspapers are closing or abandoning their print editions, online news sources are growing in importance — as are sites that rely on user-submitted news stories. But with so much unfiltered news content available online, how do you separate the accurate from the inaccurate and truth from parody? You might think that traditional news sources [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

“…in cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.” That’s a remark famously made in 1997 by John Perry Barlow, one of the co-founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow’s complete statement is well worth re-reading but one implication of this particular remark is that the reach of American constitutional values may be limited by [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

Linking to content is the essence of the online experience — it’s the “Web” in the World Wide Web. But there’s a lot of legal gray area around linking, and surprisingly few court rulings providing guidance as to the circumstances when linking could result in liability. A court in Canada has now weighed in on [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

Political campaigns often produce a blizzard of ancillary election-related litigation — for an example, just look to the 2000 presidential campaign. When the press reports anonymous accusations during an election campaign, sometimes that litigation involves lawsuits by candidates or public officials seeking to learn the identity of those anonymous sources. In many states, newspapers and [...] more »