Silencing John Doe: Defamation and Discourse in Cyberspace
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
University of Florida - Levin College of Law
Duke Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2000
This article deals with defamation actions brought against John Doe defendants for anonymous speech on the Internet. These actions, sometimes denoted as cyberslapps, threaten to chill the vitality of Internet discourse. This Article articulates a theory that justifies protecting John Doe from the silencing effect of unfounded defamation actions and suggests steps that courts should take to adapt the First Amendment privilege for opinion to the unique context of cyberspace.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 1
Keywords: Internet, defamation, first amendment, opinion, hyperbole, satire, john doe, anonymous speech
Date posted: June 20, 2008
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