The Regulation of Reputational Information

THE NEXT DIGITAL DECADE: ESSAYS ON THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET, Berin Szoka, Adam Marcus, eds., TechFreedom, Washington, D.C., 2010

Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1754628

16 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2011  

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This essay considers the role of reputational information in our marketplace. It explains how well-functioning marketplaces depend on the vibrant flow of accurate reputational information, and how misdirected regulation of reputational information could harm marketplace mechanisms. It then explores some challenges created by the existing regulation of reputational information and identifies some regulatory options for the future.

Keywords: reputation, reputational information, fair credit reporting act, fcra, job references, 47 USC 230, Yelp, Amazon, Epinions, eBay, TripAdvisor, Medical Justice, right of reply

JEL Classification: K2, L14, L15, D11, D18, D7, D83, L86

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, The Regulation of Reputational Information (2010). THE NEXT DIGITAL DECADE: ESSAYS ON THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET, Berin Szoka, Adam Marcus, eds., TechFreedom, Washington, D.C., 2010; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1754628. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754628

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