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A “Dirty” Lawsuit: How a Sex Scandal Could Impact Online Defamation Law

A former high school teacher and NFL cheerleader sleeps with her student. She faces widespread scorn, including scathing Internet comments. Despite the scorn, she becomes engaged to the student....more

5/7/2014 - Appeals Appellate Briefs Communications Decency Act Defamation Facebook Google Immunity Internet Service Providers Sarah Jones Social Networks Twitter Website Owner Liability Websites Young Lawyers

“Hustlin’” to a Legal Victory: Rick Ross and the Right of Publicity

California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s? Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more

1/8/2014 - Drug Distribution First Amendment Illegal Drugs Music Right of Publicity

Free Speech and Ron Burgundy: Lessons from Hunter v. CBS

A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination....more

12/19/2013 - Age Discrimination Anti-SLAPP CBS Discrimination Free Speech Gender Discrimination Television Programming

#Libel and the Lulu App

You can rate your favorite pizza place online. Why not your ex-boyfriend? That’s the idea, at least, behind Lulu. The popular app allows women, verified through their Facebook profiles, to rate men using pre-written...more

12/17/2013 - Communications Decency Act Defamation False Statements Free Speech Libel Mobile Apps Social Media Twitter User-Generated Content

A Very Public Private Nuisance

Move over Dos Equis guy. Alan Markovitz may be the most interesting man in the world. Consider his credentials: Markovitz is a “strip-club entrepreneur” who has been shot twice (once in the face) and “even had a mob...more

12/3/2013 - Adult Entertainment Nuisance

A New Page for Google Books

In 2004, Google announced a project that, at the time, seemed audacious: a universal library, searchable online. Book lovers rejoiced. “This is our chance to one-up the Greeks!” one archivist said (echoing what the rest of...more

11/22/2013 - Author's Guild v Google Copyright Fair Use Google Google Books Infringement

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