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Georgia Supreme Court Holds Message Board Comments Are Not Stalking

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Georgia Supreme Court held that for comments to constitute stalking, they must be directed at — not merely about — a person. This decision overturns a lower court’s grant of a no-contact order that had prevented copyright critic Matthew Chan from posting comments about poet Linda Ellis on his website. The court found that the comments either were not directed at Ellis or were consented to by Ellis’s visiting the site.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Washington State Court of Appeals rejects anti-SLAPP claim of blogging ex-employee

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Jens Frankenreiter

The Court of Appeals rendered a decision in a case involving the interpretation of Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute in the context of a lawsuit brought by the director of a performing arts theatre against a blogging ex-employee. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court judgment which had dismissed the lawsuit under the anti-SLAPP statute.

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Posted On Apr - 1 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Wikimedia Sues NSA for Upstream Surveillance

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Wikimedia Foundation filed a suit against the NSA challenging the constitutionality of upstream surveillance programs, which allow the NSA to communicate by Americans and persons abroad. The claim, which was joined by eight other human rights organizations, challenges NSA’s actions as violations of the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Florida Considers a Bill Outlawing Anonymous Websites

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill, the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act,”  that would require owners and operators of websites that disseminate “commercial” recordings or audiovisual works to prominently disclose their true names, physical addresses, and telephone numbers or email addresses on the websites. The bill extends to all websites that deal “in substantial part” in disseminating such recordings or audiovisual works, “directly or indirectly,” to Florida consumers.

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Posted On Mar - 18 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

San Francisco Court Considers Google’s Search and Ad Services Free Speech

By Jens Frankenreiter – Edited by Henry Thomas

A San Francisco court dismissed a lawsuit against Google, treating Google’s search and advertisement services as constitutionally protected free speech. The lawsuit alleged an antitrust violation based on unfavorable treatment of a website in Google’s search results, and on the withdrawal of third-party advertisement from the website. In throwing out the lawsuit, the court applied California’s “anti-SLAPP” law, which allows quick dismissal of lawsuits against acts protected as free speech.

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Posted On Dec - 9 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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