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Anonymity, Disclosure and First Amendment Balancing in the Internet Era: Developments in Libel, Copyright, and Election Speech


Jason M. Shepard


California State University, Fullerton

Genelle I. Belmas


California State University, Fullerton

October 31, 2012

Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 15, pp. 92, Fall/Winter 2012

Abstract:     
The Supreme Court has long protected anonymity for speakers and writers under the First Amendment. The Internet enables anonymity for individuals who post writings, download music, and participate in political discussion. However, this poses a challenge for plaintiffs who want to sue anonymous speakers for libel, copyright infringement, or election speech. This article evaluates current legal developments in these areas and makes recommendations about how the law should deal with these different but related areas of anonymous speech.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Internet, anonymity, libel, copyright, campaign finance, disclosure, First Amendment

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Date posted: November 1, 2012 ; Last revised: May 18, 2014

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Shepard, Jason M. and Belmas, Genelle I., Anonymity, Disclosure and First Amendment Balancing in the Internet Era: Developments in Libel, Copyright, and Election Speech (October 31, 2012). Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 15, pp. 92, Fall/Winter 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2169495

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Jason M. Shepard (Contact Author)
California State University, Fullerton ( email )
PO Box 6846
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.jasonmshepard.com
Genelle I. Belmas
California State University, Fullerton ( email )
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States
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