Tag Archives: Internet law

Toward a Copyright Unified Field Theory–Part 1

A cluster of recent litigation reports leaves me more discouraged than ever by the lack of agreement about the purpose of federal copyright law. We need a reset, and the adversarial process isn’t producing it. Maybe the only hope is academics who aren’t hired by one … Continue reading

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Indiana COA Upholds Rights of Internet Commenters to Remain Anonymous

In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals held earlier this week that the identity of anonymous internet posters is protected under the First Amendment and Article I, Section 9 of the Indiana Constitution and should not be subject to subpoena … Continue reading

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Free speech over the Internet put to the test

As featured in The Indiana Lawyer this week in the commentary section. http://bit.ly/AuczZ8 There is nothing like free expression to test how much we truly value that freedom. Views expressed in a free and open exchange are sometimes ugly, mean-spirited or … Continue reading

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Are Bloggers Subject to a Higher Standard Than Professional Journalists?

The curious case of self-styled “Investigatory Blogger” Crystal Cox has received much attention in the blogosphere. Last month, a federal court jury in Oregon returned a $2.5 million defamation verdict against Cox as a result of a series of defamatory … Continue reading

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Counsel Debate Value of Anonymous Internet Posts

Are internet forums analogous to the soapbox in the town square — the technological equivalent of Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park? Or are internet forums the 21st century version of the Wild West where reputations are shot down with … Continue reading

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Oral Argument on Monday in Case of First Impression

A panel of three Judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument Monday afternoon, December 12, 2011, starting at 1 PM in the Indiana Supreme Courtroom, in a media law case of first impression in Indiana. I’ve … Continue reading

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