Tag: first amendment

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

In 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a law intended to control child access to sexually explicit material on the Internet. The law was immediately challenged on free speech and other grounds and its enforcement was delayed. After ten years of litigation, on January 22 the U.S. Supreme Court dealt […] 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

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 »