When Donald Trump targeted the Communications Decency Act (CDA) Section 230, a debate about the law flared up. Numerous reforms were proposed, some even seeking to abolish the law. Unfortunately, the debate has been clouded with confusion and misinformation. Although I disagree with many of the proposals to reform it or abolish Section 230, I […]
Posts about Defamation by Professor Daniel J. Solove for his blog at TeachPrivacy, a privacy awareness and security training company.
The Slow Demise of Defamation and the Privacy Torts
The ABA Journal reports [link no longer available] that the number of libel suits has been steadily dropping in the United States:
Are Confidentiality Contracts Enforceable? Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren, and Paying for Silence
The NY Daily News reports on rumors of a potential $750 million divorce settlement proposal in the impending divorce of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren:
Unmasking a Judge’s Anonymity: Saffold v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
In a very interesting case, Saffold v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co., a state court judge (Shirley Strickland Saffold) is suing the Cleveland Plan Dealer for stating that comments posted on the newspaper’s website under the screen name “lawmiss” originated from a computer used by the judge and/or her daughter. Some of these comments related to […]
What Exactly Is a “Spammer”?
I’m coming a little late to the party, but the case of Omega World Travel, Inc. v. Mummagraphics, Inc., (4th Cir. Nov. 17, 2006) raises some interesting issues about the Controlling the Assault of Non Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (“CAN SPAM Act”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 7701 et seq. Omega World Travel sent 11 […]
I’ve blogged a lot about Internet shaming, and haven’t been too keen on the practice. Here’s the latest instantiation of the practice from the AP:
Barrett v. Rosenthal: Blogger Immunity for Defamatory Comments
Recently, in Barrett v. Rosenthal, the California Supreme Court held, similar to most courts addressing the issue, that bloggers are immune from being sued for “distributor” liability under defamation law. Under defamation law, the original speaker of a defamatory statement (a false statement that harms a person’s reputation) is liable. A “distributor,” one who further disseminates a […]
The Cost of Defamation Litigation
The NY Times has an interesting article about defamation law involving a lawsuit by a judge against a newspaper for libel. The article noted some interesting facts about the nature and cost of defamation litigation:
Internet Shaming in China
The New York Times has a fascinating and frightening article on Internet shaming in China. From the article:
Internet Shaming Redux: The Case of the Stolen Cell Phone
A story from Wired [link no longer available] describes the latest Internet shaming episode: