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CLASS 04 : LIBEL AND HARASSMENT

How should courts deal with libel and harassment on the internet? To what extent should intermediaries be liable for statements by internet users? What, if anything, is different about libel and harassment on the internet?

A.  Libel

       Required

  1. Stratton Oakmont, Inc. v. Prodigy Services Co., 1995 WL 323710 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. May 24, 1995).

  2. Zeran v. America Online Inc., 129 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 1997)

  3. Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F. Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998)

  4. Mike Godwin, Libel Law: Let it Die, Wired, Mar. 1996, p. 116

       Recommended


B.  Harassment

       Required

  1. Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willammett, Inc. v. American Coalition of Life Activists, 2001 WL 293260 (9th Cir. Mar. 28, 2001).

  2. Sallie Tisdale, The Limits of Free Speech, Salon (1999).

  3. Nuremberg Files Mirror (1999).

  4. U.S. v. Alkhabaz, 104 F.3d 1492 (6th Cir. 1997), rehearing en banc den., 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 9060 (6th Cir. Apr. 14, 1997)

  5. Katie Dean, The Epidemic of Cyberstalking, Wired News (May 1, 2000).

       Recommended


WRITING ASSIGNMENT

No writing assignment this week (in light of short week).

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