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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 25, 2015 Iran Case Is So Secret It Can't Go On
QUOTE: When only the government gets to speak, and does all its talking in secret, there's no check over its actions. Who is a district judge to stand up to the anonymous director of some anonymous intelligence agency? The result is not just bad for the rule of law. It's an embarrassment to the entire judiciary.
Bloomberg View 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,”
WebProNews Apr 28, 2013 Erasing History
QUOTE: The arrest story was obviously true when it was first published. But Connecticut’s erasure law has already established that truth can be fungible. Martin, her suit says, was “deemed never to have been arrested.” And therefore the news story had metamorphosed into a falsehood.
New York Times 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) Dec 08, 2012 Court Orders Yelp User To Change Review. Slippery Slope?
QUOTE: Have you ever left a negative review of a business? Depending on what you say and how the business in question reacts, that freedom of speech thing you’ve grown so fond of may not be enough to hold up in a court of law.
WebProNews Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?
QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.
WebProNews May 29, 2012 Published mug shots: A constant reminder of one man's past
QUOTE: mug shots, which are public record, from sheriffs and local police departments, who hand over the information with the names listed in alphabetical order, detailing the criminal charges...."They are using a person's image for commercial gain without their permission," said Singh-Grover. "To me, its extortion, maybe not legally, but the common use of that term."
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 12, 2012 Limbaugh and One-Way Wantonness (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: When attacking a woman by questioning her sexual mores, there’s a smorgasbord of slurs, and you can take your rancid pick. Help me out here: where are the comparable nouns for men? What’s a male slut? A role model, in some cases. In others, a presidential candidate.
New York Times Mar 09, 2012 The Web Is Awash in Reviews, but Not for Doctors. Here’s Why.
QUOTE: RateMDs now has reviews of more than 1,370,000 doctors in the United States and Canada. But getting in the faces of the previously untouchable professional class has inevitably led to legal threats. He says he gets about one each week over negative reviews and receives subpoenas every month or two for information that can help identify reviewers, who believe they are posting anonymously.
New York Times Dec 06, 2011 Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court--Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her
QUOTE: A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between "journalist" and "blogger." And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million....was sued by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group in January for defamation, to the tune of $10 million...
Seattle Weekly Jun 10, 2011 Negative Online Data Can Be Challenged, at a Price
QUOTE: The speed at which someone’s reputation can be damaged, even with false information, makes combating defamatory remarks tough....Technology companies are not the only resource for cleaning up a reputation. Security and investigative firms can also help.
New York Times 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 Apr 25, 2011 Why I am suing Washington City Paper
QUOTE: Simply put, this lawsuit is about the truth — and the need to correct the record, even when you are a public figure, when your character and integrity are falsely and recklessly attacked.
Washington Post Mar 20, 2011 In Britain, Curbing Lawsuits Over Libel
QUOTE: “The government’s draft defamation bill is a big step forward toward ending the practice of libel tourism, which has led our courts to silence free speech around the world,” said John Kampfner, chief executive of Index on Censorship. “But without action to reduce the cost of a libel trial, reform will protect the free speech of some, but costs will silence others.”
New York Times Dec 06, 2010 Can you defame someone with a hyperlink?
QUOTE: Crookes says that, by linking to defamatory articles, Newton became a "publisher" of that material. It's an argument that raises questions about the nature of the hyperlink. Does it "incorporate" all the linked material into the original post? Is it a suggestion to go read the linked piece? Is it merely a bibliographic footnote?
Ars Technica Oct 26, 2010 Hoteliers Look to Shield Themselves From Dishonest Online Reviews (Itineraries)
QUOTE: The 35 million hotel reviews posted on TripAdvisor reveal everything from snooty staff to filthy toilets, and sometimes the reviewer’s overly picky standards. But those comments can also cross the line between honest criticism and unsubstantiated, inflammatory claims...
New York Times Nov 21, 2009 Best Soup Ever? Suits Over Ads Now Seek Proof
QUOTE: Companies that were once content to fight in grocery-store aisles and on television commercials are now choosing a different route — filing lawsuits and other formal grievances challenging their competitors’ claims.
New York Times Oct 25, 2009 Court case shows limits of anonymous blogging
QUOTE: US courts have historically looked on anonymous bloggers and commenters with a sympathetic eye, but there are exceptions.
Ars Technica Sep 15, 2009 Cracking the Spine of Libel (The wild Side)
QUOTE: English libel laws create particular difficulties for science journalists. Science, after all, is about evaluating evidence. Science journalism, sometimes, requires pointing out when evidence is weak or absent.
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 06, 2009 Cambodian conviction signals crackdown on dissent
QUOTE: Cambodian court found a prominent politician guilty of defaming the country's prime minister Thursday in what analysts call a setback on Cambodia's shaky path to democracy.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 08, 2008 Dirty Politics in the Internet Age
QUOTE: Hence, the Net can be used to create a smear campaign and augment a questionable series of more formal assertions like the Swift Boat campaign used against John Kerry. This can be done by the public at large, and neither party really has an advantage. The key to success in the upcoming election will be home-brewed dirty tricks—all played out on the Internet.
PC Magazine Mar 03, 2008 Modern-Day McCarthyism: On Juicycampus.com, some all-too-familiar smear tactics
QUOTE: The bullies and gossips have found a way of exploiting a new medium—the Internet—to have their fun. Unlike McCarthy, who craved publicity, the modern-day campus blowhards thrive on anonymity. But they [know] how to use the medium of the moment to attract large audiences to smear individuals, who have no effective recourse.
Newsweek Mar 03, 2008 After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated
QUOTE: “Are there ethics in blogs? Should people have the right to publicly and anonymously criticize and attack the private lives of private people simply for entertainment...?"
New York Times Feb 25, 2008 Teachers strike back at students' online pranks: Students are increasingly facing lawsuits and expulsions for targeting their teachers online.
QUOTE: In the growing backlash against these cybergoofs, however, real-world norms of propriety are being pitted against the uncertain jurisdictions of the Digital Age. A new test may be emerging on how far online lampooning can go, say First Amendment experts – and to what extent schools can control off-campus pranks.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 29, 2008 Can a Sandwich Be Slandered?
QUOTE: The dispute over an ad is fairly standard...but the [Quiznos] video contest [the rules of which made it clear that the videos should depict Quiznos sandwiches as “superior” to Subway’s] raises a novel legal question: Quiznos did not make the insulting submissions, so should it be held liable for user-generated content created at its behest?
New York Times Oct 24, 2007 Effort to Censure Lawmaker for a Comment Falls Short
QUOTE: Representative Pete Stark, Democrat of California, escaped a censure Tuesday for incendiary remarks he made last week about President Bush and the war in Iraq.
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Chess Group Officials Accused of Using Internet to Hurt Rivals
QUOTE: According to the lawsuit, Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong broke a federal law that prohibits using electronic means to harass or annoy another person. Mr. Sloan is asking for new board elections and punitive damages, among other requests.
New York Times Aug 15, 2007 Astonishing! Spock Thinks You're a Pedophile
QUOTE: But when databases are built by bots and not by humans, mistakes happen. False or malicious profiles set up on other sites will be indexed along with the real ones. Divorced from their original context, tags can take on a life all their own.
Wired Jul 25, 2007 N.Y. Governor Moves to Limit Ethics Scandal: Aides Used Police Against Rival; Spitzer's Bid for Albany Reforms May Suffer
QUOTE: Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer of New York sought Tuesday to stem the fallout from a report by the state attorney general indicating that his aides had wrongly used police assistance to plant a damaging newspaper article about his chief rival, state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno.
Washington Post Jun 28, 2007 Tree-Cutting Proposal Near C& O Canal Spurs Debate
QUOTE: A developer wants to cut down a swath of trees where he is building a home overlooking the C&O Canal in Potomac, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act gives him the right because his two young children are allergic to nuts on the trees.
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 Lawyer Sues Lawyer For Online Rating System
QUOTE: a consumer website dedicated to rating lawyers...Avvo.com...[was] slapped with a class action lawyer-crafted nasty gram...[in] eight business days.
WebProNews May 04, 2007 Builders, Contractors Hammer Consumer Sites: Lawsuits Seek to Muzzle Critics
QUOTE: Before the Internet came along, consumers had little practical recourse against homebuilders and contractors unless they were willing to wage an expensive and time-consuming legal battle. Consumer complaint sites have changed all that but builders aren't taking the criticism without fighting back.
ConsumerAffairs.com Feb 01, 2007 The Real Rip-Off Report: Ed Magedson calls himself an advocate. His enemies call him an extortionist
QUOTE: Before the rise of the Web, the powerful could write off gadflies such as Ed Magedson. But the Internet provides a bully pulpit that Magedson has harnessed with startling success — and woe to the business owner who tries to ignore him. The Rip-Off Report has become a boon to the disgruntled, who've posted complaints taking on everything from poor business practices to deadbeat dads, ofen without a shred of proof. For Ed Magedson, it's been an even bigger gift. It's made him powerful, and it's made him money — although certainly not a dot-com millionaire. Magedson won't remove posts. He's not interested in evidence that would offer vindication.
Phoenix New Times Aug 28, 2006 Podcasters' Guide To Avoiding Lawyers
QUOTE: The content producer is often without formal training and education. Worse, he typically doesn't have teams of lawyers to slap him on the wrists before they end up in court. Instead he has a fool for a lawyer, representing himself in Web 2.0 as publisher and litigator, without the credentials for either.
WebProNews Feb 02, 2006 Offending Cartoons Reprinted: European Dailies Defend Right to Publish Prophet Caricatures
QUOTE: Newspapers across Europe reprinted cartoons Wednesday ridiculing the prophet Muhammad, saying they wanted to support the right of Danish and Norwegian papers to publish the caricatures, which have ignited fury among Muslims throughout the world.
Washington Post Dec 05, 2005 Case Against Zone Labs is 180 Degrees Off
QUOTE: ...180's real problem with ZoneAlarm is that it doesn't phrase its warnings about 180's products as politely as some other anti-spyware products do.
InfoWorld Nov 29, 2005 A false Wikipedia 'biography'
QUOTE: For four months, Wikipedia depicted me as a suspected assassin before Wales erased it from his website's history...
USA TODAY Nov 14, 2005 Attack of the Blogs
QUOTE: Blogs...are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns. It's not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can't even figure out who his attacker is....The combination of massive reach and legal invulnerability makes corporate character assassination easy to carry out. Dry treatises on patent law and trade policy don't drive traffic (or ad sales) for bloggers and hosts; blood sport does.
Forbes Nov 09, 2005 Are You a 'Public Figure'?
QUOTE: Can being mentioned on the net turn an ordinary citizen into a public figure with severely limited abilities to fight libel and defamation lawsuits? According to a Florida judge's ruling -- perhaps the first of its kind in the United States -- the answer is yes.
Wired Nov 08, 2005 Times in Settlement Talks Over Sachs
QUOTE: The New York Times is in settlement talks with the Newspaper Guild over the case of Susan Sachs....any type of dishonesty--lying, stealing, etc.--can be cause for termination. But when she was dismissed, Sachs publicly disputed the charges and said she had taken a polygraph test and passed.
New York Observer Sep 14, 2005 As Angry Patients Vent Online,
QUOTE: growing number of legal battles being waged over Internet postings about medical complaints. More patients are taking their opinions of their local doctors to the Internet, and a wider audience, and that has some medical providers on edge. Several Web sites have sprung up that encourage patients to post anonymous reviews of doctors and dentists...
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jul 29, 2005 Court Reinstates Anthrax Defamation Suit Against N.Y. Times
QUOTE: A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Army scientist against the New York Times Co., saying articles by Nicholas D. Kristof that it published could be read as blaming him for the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Washington Post Jul 11, 2005 Slander : The assassination of Alberto Coll
QUOTE: Coll is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the George H.W. Bush administration, a military scholar, and a dean at the U.S. Naval War College whose life has been nearly destroyed by a slander campaign accusing him of espionage and an absurd criminal prosecution for violating U.S. travel rules to Cuba.
Slate Apr 23, 2005 U.S. Yields in Anthrax Lawsuit Standoff: Some Questioning Allowed on Leaks
QUOTE: A federal judge ordered the Justice Department yesterday to begin providing testimony to attorneys for Steven J. Hatfill, the former Army scientist who is suing the government for identifying him as "a person of interest" in the anthrax investigation.
Washington Post Mar 29, 2005 Justices Refuse to Shield Reports of False Charges
QUOTE: The Supreme Court refused Monday to shield the news media from being sued for ... having reported that a city councilman called the mayor and the council president "liars," "queers" and "child molesters."
Los Angeles Times Sep 14, 2004 Expert Cited by CBS Says He Didn't Authenticate Papers
QUOTE: The lead expert retained by CBS News to examine disputed memos from President Bush's former squadron commander in the National Guard said yesterday that he examined only the late officer's signature and made no attempt to authenticate the documents themselves....growing evidence challenging the authenticity of the documents aired Wednesday on CBS's "60 Minutes."
Washington Post Aug 19, 2004 Wen Ho Lee Reporters Held in Contempt
QUOTE: A federal judge yesterday held reporters from four major news organizations in contempt for refusing to name confidential sources in their reports on a nuclear scientist once accused of being a spy.
Washington Post Sep 29, 2003 Panel Slashes Libel Verdict Against Paper
QUOTE: In a dissenting opinion, two justices said the paper's willingness to depict the woman as a convict without making "even the slightest effort" to determine if its representation was accurate warranted punitive damages.
Law.com Jun 20, 2003 Price sues, accuses SI of libel
QUOTE: The lawsuit charged libel, defamation of character and slander in connection with an article published in the May 12 [2003--Ed.] issue of "Sports Illustrated".
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