Recent Trends in Defamation Law: From the Straightforward Action in Venture V. Kyle to Unmasking an Anonymous Poster in the "Fuboy" Case
10 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 7, 2015
Commentary on social media, chat sites, consumer review sites and more has triggered a remarkable surge in defamation claims, judges must resolve a range of issues, including for example, whether to order ISPs and sites to disclose or unmask the identity of anonymous posters, when resolving these claims. This, against, the backdrop of the First Amendment’s protections of lawful speech, and anonymous speakers. The core elements of defamation claims are covered: statement, publication, damages; as are the defenses of truth and privilege. Conclusions on the speech that is mixed with facts (always protected speech) opinion, and vigorous criticism (possibly not protected speech) suggest that speakers take responsibility for speech so as to avoid claims of defamation.
Keywords: defamation, speech, first amendment, speech, fuboy, social media, chat, anonymous, truth, privilege, ISPs
JEL Classification: K10, K13, K30, K41, K42
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