Anonymous speech has been a bulwark of protected speech since the earliest days of the Republic. As with so many things, the Internet has changed everything in this area of law. We have gone from the anonymous speech of Thomas Paine and the authors of the Federalist Papers to theDirty.com and Cheaters.com, which contain anonymous postings that can be devastating to one's reputation. The law has sought to address the longstanding protection for anonymous speech with some protection for those who are the subject of anonymous postings.
As we examine the progression of these efforts we will seek to answer the question of whether reputation can be safe in the world of the Internet or what may be risked by posting anonymous criticisms of a business, product, or person. In this course, attorney James Stewart brings more than thirty years of experience to a discussion of anonymous speech and the Communications Decency Act.
I. Understand Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) and the extent of its protection offered to Internet Service Providers who host anonymous speech
II. Identify what can be done if a client has been defamed by an anonymous speaker
III. Recognize courses of action when a client has been sued as a “John Doe” for the content of an anonymous posting
Mr. Stewart possesses more than 30 years of experience in matters concerning media law, intellectual property and commercial litigation.
Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
American Bar Association
International Trademark Association (INTA)
State Bar of Michigan
Washtenaw County Bar Association
Washtenaw County Circuit Court, Approved Mediator
Very informative re Section 230 immunity with a great review of relevant case law.
Nice presentation. Interesting.
very well presented and interesting overview of Communications Decency Act, and internet service providers and anonymous speech. lots of notes taken.
For anyone who went to law school before the internet and thinks they know libel.. this is mandatory.
I like these programs tailored to a narrow subject of interest to me, and this was a good one.
Very engaging speaker.
I really appreciated Mr. Stewart's up front hypothetical and methodical tracing of the development of defamation law from newspapers to post-internet. This focus on the current state but education on how we got here was very helpful to me.
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