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Jan 12, 2014 Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers

QUOTE: The Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled on Tuesday that Yelp has to reveal the names of seven reviewers who left anonymous, negative reviews of a business, which maintains that the names are critical in pursuing a defamation case against the reviewers over what it claims were false reviews from non-customers....from a Yelp spokesperson: “We are disappointed that the Virginia Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that fails to adequately protect free speech rights on the internet, and which allows businesses to seek personal details about website users — without any evidence of wrongdoing — in efforts to silence online critics,”

Dec 02, 2013 Couple fined for negative online review

QUOTE: A Utah couple is facing a $3,500 fine and a damaged credit score for doing what many people do after a bad purchasing experience: posting an online review.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 19, 2013 Don’t Fire Employees Over Facebook ‘Likes’

QUOTE: In the United States, Facebook likes are protected by the first amendment. Liking something on Facebook is the same as using your right to free speech to actually say, “I like this.” That means that employers should think twice before firing employees over something they “like”.

Jul 11, 2013 Internet trolls: What to do about the scourge of the Web?

QUOTE: "You can't easily taxonomize trolling behavior," she said. "A lot of trolling is about mischief and harmless, silly pranks. But really extreme behavior -- attacking friends and families of kids who have died, for example -- that seems to be a behavior with a different motivation."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 18, 2012 When is social-media use a crime?

QUOTE: Despite the disturbing nature of some social-media messages about the shootings, several legal experts contacted by CNN questioned whether Connecticut authorities could successfully bring charges against whoever posted them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 30, 2012 Christian groups allege threats to religious freedom in anti-Chick-fil-A campaigns

QUOTE: He has no First Amendment right to our approval, or to our money for his sandwiches. But can cities use zoning to combat unpopular speech? Unfortunately, when we chip away at the First Amendment, unpleasant unintended consequences are not far behind.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 10, 2012 Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasion

QUOTE: A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district...was on two occasions punished for statements she made on her Facebook account, and was also pressured to divulge her password to school officials, the complaint states.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 15, 2011 Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case

QUOTE: a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter, saying that the Constitution protects “uncomfortable” speech on such bulletin-boardlike sites.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2011 Patient sues dentist over gag order, gets Medical Justice to backtrack

QUOTE: A patient has filed a class-action lawsuit against his New York dentist over her attempts to use copyright law to gag the patient's online reviews of her services. Robert Lee, who recently moved to Maryland, has asked a New York federal court to declare that his comments are protected under copyright's fair use doctrine, that the dentist's attempts to gag him breach dental ethics, and that the "privacy agreement" the patient was forced to sign is invalid and illegal under New York law.

Ars Technica
Oct 25, 2011 How the Patriot Act stripped me of my free-speech rights

QUOTE: the government implausibly claimed that if I were able to identify myself as the plaintiff in the case, irreparable damage to national security would result. But I did not believe then, nor do I believe now, that the FBI’s gag order was motivated by legitimate national security concerns. It was motivated by a desire to insulate the FBI from public criticism and oversight.

Washington Post
Oct 22, 2011 The First Amendment and the Obligation to Peacefully Disrupt in a Free Society

QUOTE: the First Amendment supersedes the restrictive permit laws now being invoked against protesters. The First Amendment was designed to allow for disruption of business as usual. It is not a quiet and subdued amendment or right. Indeed, our nation's founding was a series of rowdy and intense protests, disrupting business as usual for tax collectors and mercenaries up and down the eastern seaboard.

Huffington Post
Sep 10, 2011 NLRB sets a precedent for employee free speech on social platforms

QUOTE: The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in the favor of 5 New York workers that were fired because of comments they made on Facebook. The judge in the case decided that the social media communications of the workers were protected by the National Labor Relations Act, which allows for employees to freely discuss the terms and conditions of their employment.

Jun 27, 2011 Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children

QUOTE: Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for five justices in the majority in the video games decision, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, said video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. “Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2011 Nazi hunting: How France first "civilized" the Internet

QUOTE: France has long attempted to "civilize" the Internet out of things like racism and Nazi ideology by curbing their dissemination. In fact, the first battle in this war concluded a decade ago. The winner was France; the loser was the then-reigning giant of the Web—Yahoo—along with the notion that the Internet is a "global" place that inherently transcends national boundaries.

Ars Technica
May 22, 2011 Free Speech on Twitter Faces Test

QUOTE: The soccer player has been granted a so-called super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of thousands of Internet users have flouted the injunction by revealing his name on Twitter, Facebook and online soccer forums, sites that blur the definition of the press and are virtually impossible to police.

New York Times
May 20, 2011 Fighting for the Right to Tell Lies

QUOTE: Mr. Strandlof was eventually arrested by the F.B.I. and charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 law that makes it a federal crime to lie about being a military hero. But though he admitted conjuring the entire tale, Mr. Strandlof has been fighting the case against him, arguing that the law violates his right to free speech. Simply telling a lie, his lawyers assert, does not always constitute a crime.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2011 A Clear Danger to Free Speech

QUOTE: THE so-called Shield bill, which was recently introduced in both houses of Congress in response to the WikiLeaks disclosures, would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any person knowingly and willfully to disseminate, “in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States,” any classified information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States.” Although this proposed law may be constitutional as applied to government employees who unlawfully leak such material to people who are unauthorized to receive it, it would plainly violate the First Amendment to punish anyone who might publish or otherwise circulate the information after it has been leaked.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2011 Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet

QUOTE: What is remarkable about this volume is that the legal academics who make the arguments I have rehearsed are by and large strong free-speech advocates. Yet faced with the problems posed by the Internet, they start talking about “low value” speech (a concept strong first-amendment doctrine rejects) and saying things like “autonomy resides not in free choice per se but in choosing wisely” and “society needs not an absence of ‘chill,’ but an optimal level.”(In short, let’s figure out which forms of speech we should discourage.)

New York Times
Dec 12, 2010 Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility

QUOTE: Facebook took down a page used by WikiLeaks supporters to organize hacking attack...But it did not remove WikiLeaks’s own Facebook pages...illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2010 Adrian Johns's "Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars From Gutenberg to Gates"

QUOTE: In his invaluable book "Piracy," Adrian Jones argues that the tendency of intellectual property battles to undermine privacy is not new. On the contrary, Johns, a history professor at the University of Chicago, argues that ever since the medieval and Enlightenment eras, corporations have tried to defend their economic interests by searching for intellectual piracy in the private sphere of people's homes.

Washington Post
Apr 21, 2010 After police raid, JMU editor gets crash course on privacy act

QUOTE: Congress established the federal Privacy Protection Act in 1980 to protect newsrooms after authorities raided Stanford University’s Stanford Daily in 1971....Subpoenas are the established method for authorities to request photographs or other material from newsrooms...

Daily Progress
Apr 20, 2010 Justices Reject Ban on Videos of Animal Cruelty

QUOTE: In a major First Amendment ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a federal law that made it a crime to create or sell dogfight videos and other depictions of animal cruelty....suggest that the Roberts Court is prepared to adopt a robustly libertarian view of the constitutional protection of free speech.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2009 Botox Maker’s Suit Cites Free Speech

QUOTE: In an attack on the regulation of drug marketing, the makers of the antiwrinkle shot Botox have filed a free-speech lawsuit against the federal government.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2009 A Promise to Restore Civil Liberties Is Slow to Become Reality in Honduras

QUOTE: The de facto president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, appeared to have bowed to pressure at home and from abroad on Monday, saying that he would lift his order suspending civil liberties. Since then, he has been in no hurry to keep his promise.

New York Times
Sep 16, 2009 Panhandling bans hurt some fundraisers

QUOTE: Communities seeking to prevent panhandlers from venturing into streets are stirring controversy with bans that also prevent people from approaching vehicles to ask for charitable donations.

Sep 13, 2009 Is South Korea backsliding on its democracy movement?: Teachers, citizens barred from political organizing.

QUOTE: South Korea has made great strides in strengthening democracy since ousting a military dictatorship some 20 years ago. But some... have warned of backsliding.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 12, 2009 A Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar

QUOTE: And with thousands of blogs and so many lawyers online, legal ethics experts say that collisions between the freewheeling ways of the Internet and the tight boundaries of legal discourse are inevitable...

New York Times
Aug 20, 2009 Google lawsuit dispels the Web’s oldest tradition: anonymity (Horizons Blog)

QUOTE: Disguised in comforting anonymity, bloggers and online commenters can type some pretty nasty things... However, the masquerade ball may have just ended.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 16, 2009 Blogger's Case Could Test the Limits of Political Speech: New Jersey Man Was Arrested After Writing That 3 Judges 'Deserve to Be Killed'

QUOTE: [Internet radio host Hal] Turner's case is likely to test the limits of political speech at a time when incendiary talk is proliferating on broadcast outlets and the Internet, from the microphones of well-known commentators to the keyboards of anonymous netizens.

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2009 Iranian Officials Call for Arrest of Opposition Leaders

QUOTE: Revolutionary Guard generals, top politicians and senior clerics have called for the arrest and punishment of opposition leaders, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi...

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2009 In Ranks of Heroes, Finding the Fakes

QUOTE: Military imposters are nothing new. But the problem has grown or at least become more obvious as charlatans are easily able to find fake military documents, medals and uniforms on auction Web sites.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2009 Hepatitis Group Is Harassed in China

QUOTE: The raid on Mr. Lu’s [Jun] organization, the Yi Ren Ping Center, comes at a precarious time for China’s nongovernmental organizations, many of which operate in a kind of legal gray zone.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2009 China reins in more rights activists by seizing computers

QUOTE: In another sign of the Chinese authorities clamping down on civil rights activists, on Friday officials confiscated the computers of lawyers working on last year's tainted milk scandal.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 09, 2009 In Honduras, One-Sided News of Crisis: Critics Cite Slanted Local Coverage, Limits on Pro-Zelaya Outlets

QUOTE: in Honduras, some of the most popular and influential television stations and radio networks blacked out coverage or adhered to the de facto government's line that Manuel Zelaya's overthrow was not a coup but a legal "constitutional substitution,"...

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2009 Is Cybersquatting Against the Law? When is it OK to buy up an expired domain name? (Explainer)

QUOTE: Cybersquatting, the practice of buying up a domain in order to profit from a trademarked name, is prohibited under the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act... The First Amendment makes it legal to grab even a famous person's domain name in some situations:...

Jul 03, 2009 Nicaragua: accusations of rigging elections and silencing media

QUOTE: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista-controlled Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) stand accused of rigging last year's municipal elections...

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 26, 2009 Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: 'Why Not Us?' (The View From Egypt )

QUOTE: Across the Arab world, Iran's massive opposition protests have triggered a wave of soul-searching and conflicting emotions. Many question why their own reform movements are unable to rally people to rise up against unpopular authoritarian regimes.

Washington Post
Jun 23, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff

QUOTE: The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles... The News Media Guild, representing about 1,000 AP journalists, says the AP’s policy is perhaps the most restrictive the union has seen.

Jun 22, 2009 Many Iranian-American protesters fear to speak too boldly

QUOTE: They[Iranian-Americans] want the story of their homeland told, but they worry about reprisals against relatives in Iran, as well as from pro-regime groups here in the US.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 22, 2009 Iran's Web Spying Aided By Western Technology

QUOTE: The [Iranian Internet] monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jun 15, 2009 Tobacco Regulation Is Expected to Face a Free-Speech Challenge

QUOTE: The marketing and advertising restrictions in the tobacco law that Congress passed last week are likely to be challenged in court on free-speech grounds. The controversy... involves tension between the right of tobacco companies to communicate with adult smokers and the public interest in preventing young people from smoking.

New York Times
Jun 14, 2009 Gay Festival in China Pushes Official Boundaries (Shanghai Journal)

QUOTE: In the 12 years since homosexuality was decriminalized in China, there has been an unmistakable blossoming of gay life, even if largely underground. But official tolerance has its limits.

New York Times
May 05, 2009 For Chinese parents, few answers on quake deaths one year later: Officials have intimidated citizens trying to find out why so many schools collapsed or to compile a list of all the children killed.

QUOTE: Allegations [all related to Chinese earthquake] of shoddy building practices and corruption go unanswered; the dead remain officially unnamed, despite private efforts to identify them; parents who have pressed their right to know have been beaten and imprisoned.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 20, 2009 Economic Blogger Who Angered Seoul Is Acquitted

QUOTE: The arrest of Park Dae-sung in January and his trial on charges of spreading false data in public with a harmful intent... prompted debate about how much freedom of expression should be tolerated in cyberspace in this extensively wired country [South Korea].

New York Times
Sep 29, 2008 Judge Rejects Commercial Free Speech Defense in 'Off-Label' Drug Promotion

QUOTE: A pharmaceutical company sales representative accused of promoting a "powerful sleep-inducing depressant" for "off-label" uses is not entitled to dismissal of the case on free-speech grounds...

New York Law Journal (NYLJ)
Aug 14, 2008 How (Not) to Fix a Flaw Experts say disclosing bugs prevents security flaws from festering.

QUOTE: argues that researchers need to be protected as they investigate these types of flaws. "It's extremely rare for a court to bar anyone from speaking before that person has even had a chance to speak," she says. "We think this sets a terrible precedent that's very dangerous for security research."

Technology Review
Mar 26, 2008 Saudi Arabia: slowly opening dialog about human rights

QUOTE: A Saudi commission cites progress on rights awareness. Still, a Human Rights Watch report Tuesday enumerated ongoing abuses, including arbitrary arrests and lack of legal counsel.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 18, 2008 Google’s Thin-Skinned Lawyers

QUOTE: Freedom of expression can be defined by what happens to the person with the most repugnant expression. Google may well find itself in a fight with someone printing information about the company or one of its executives that it strongly objects to. At that moment, in the middle of some drawn out battle, someone may be tempted to cut off the AdSense money to the offending site. At that moment, it could hold up the legal agreement as justification for that action.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit

QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.

New York Times
Feb 19, 2008 Web Site That Posts Leaked Material Ordered Shut

QUOTE: In a move that legal experts said could present a major test of First Amendment rights in the Internet era, a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday ordered the disabling of a Web site devoted to disclosing confidential information.

New York Times

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