Twitter: A 'Caveat Emptor' Exception to Libel Law?


Berkeley Law at the University of California, one of the nation's premier law schools, today launched the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (BJESL). As described on its website: “As an interactive and electronic law review, BJESL presents a unique platform for rich discourse on legal topics regarding copyright, trademark, art, sports, film and television, communications and broadcast media, First Amendment, right to privacy, music, antitrust and unfair competition, and contracts, among others.”

One of the unique features of the BJESL will be to regularly publish opinion pieces from leading practitioners in the fields of entertainment and sports law. Pryor Cashman Litigation Partner William Charron was honored to have been asked by the BJESL to contribute to the journal's inaugural issue.

Charron’s piece, entitled “Twitter: A 'Caveat Emptor' Exception to Libel Law?”, reviews recent court rulings concerning claims of Internet-based libel and "addresses the challenges that plaintiffs should face in asserting claims for libel over Twitter" in particular. As noted in the article: “Twitter is a ‘buyer beware’ shopping mart of thoughts, making it an ideal public forum to spark imagination and further discussion. In and of itself, however, Twitter should be viewed as a dubious medium through which to spread libel.”

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