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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

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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.

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Keywords: Internet, defamation, first amendment, opinion, hyperbole, satire, john doe, anonymous speech

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Date posted: June 20, 2008  

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Lidsky, Lyrissa Barnett, Silencing John Doe: Defamation and Discourse in Cyberspace. Duke Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1147726

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Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky (Contact Author)
University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States
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