Copyright Strikes as a Tool for Censorship, Bullying, Extortion

With the advent and then explosion of consumer internet access in the 1990s, a concomitant threat of massive, anonymous, and difficult-to-trace copyright infringement also arose. Congress faced significant pressure from two major industries: traditional media producers and internet service providers. Traditional media producers feared the practical death of their intellectual property through unstoppable and untraceable internet file-sharing, while internet service providers feared endless lawsuits for the infringing activities of their users. Congress responded.. Read More

Why Public Figures Should Receive Heightened Defamation Law Protection

At common law, defamation actions were meant to compensate individuals for any harm to reputation they suffered as a result of any defamatory communications made by speakers to third parties. This standard was generally protective of plaintiffs’ reputational interests rather than defendants’ free speech interests. Once a plaintiff made out his prima facie case, it was up to the defendant to raise certain defenses or privileges, such as truth or the litigation privilege… Read More

Palin v. New York Times Company: A Potential Change to Defamation Law and Freedom of the Press

The Supreme Court has consistently recognized a profound national commitment to a free press and the “principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.” New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 270 (1964). Nevertheless, the freedom of the press is subject to certain restrictions, including, notably, defamation law. A recent federal defamation suit filed by Sarah Palin against The New York Times in June 2017, Palin v… Read More