California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request

0 Commentsby   |  09.25.16  |  Free Speech

“On behalf of everyone in the industry who has struggled with age discrimination, whose opportunities to showcase their talent may have been blocked, I want to thank Gov. Brown and the bill’s author, Assemblymember Ian Calderon,” says SAG-AFTRA’s Gabrielle Carteris. More »

Today in History: Socialist Eugene Debs Sentenced to Prison for Giving Anti-War Speech

0 Commentsby   |  09.14.16  |  Free Speech

In case in which the government and the courts rejected the First Amendment. More »

Katie Couric, ‘Under the Gun’ Director Face $13M Defamation Lawsuit | Hollywood Reporter

0 Commentsby   |  09.13.16  |  Free Speech

A pro-gun group contends that Couric’s question didn’t leave them speechless — allegedly deceptive editing accomplished that. More »

Court voids heart of Texas Highway Beautification Act

0 Commentsby   |  08.30.16  |  Free Speech

A state appeals court has overturned a law that allowed Texas officials to regulate signs along highways and interstates, saying key sections of the 1972 Texas Highway Beautification Act violate free speech rights. More »

FCC votes to keep media ownership rules: report

0 Commentsby   |  08.15.16  |  Free Speech

The rules keep companies from owning both a broadcast station and a newspaper in a town. More »

California (unintentionally?) recriminalizes libel — and criminalizes disclosure of private facts, right of publicity infringements and more – The Washington Post

0 Commentsby   |  07.28.16  |  Libel, Privacy

California’s broadly written “identity theft” statute is being read to criminalize pretty much any intentional tort that uses a person’s name — including ones that no one had expected would be made criminal. More »

Michael Jackson’s Nephews File $100M Libel Suit Against ‘Radar Online’ Over ‘Sleazy’ Porn Allegations

0 Commentsby   |  07.28.16  |  Free Speech

Michael Jackson’s nephews are taking Radar Online to court over stories that allege they were sexually abused by their uncle and accepted gifts to cover it up, stemming from purported documents from a 2003 raid of Neverland Ranch. More »

Libel by implication, HIV and the porography industry

0 Commentsby   |  07.26.16  |  Libel

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Bozeman legislator sues letter writer for defamation

0 Commentsby   |  07.26.16  |  Libel

The legislator will have to prove actual malice, of course. But the more significant challenge may be the substantial truth doctrine depending on how Montana courts apply it. More »

Rolling Stone libel suit over discredited rape article dismissed

0 Commentsby   |  07.01.16  |  Libel

A federal judge dismissed a libel suit against Rolling Stone brought by three members of a University of Virginia fraternity identified as the site of a gang rape in an article that has since been discredited. More »