Hear Ye, Hear Ye!: Some Federal Courts Post Audio Recordings Online

Apr 17, 2014
cross posted at the Digital Media Law Project
While the propriety of video and photography equipment in federal courts is subject of ongoing debate and testing, a number of federal bankruptcy courts and three federal district courts make audio recordings of their proceedings available to the public for a nominal fee.

Remember, the First Amendment Only Applies to Government Restrictions

Mar 31, 2014
Cross posted on Counts Law Group blog
Since this blog focuses on American law, I have not written much about the restrictions placed on the internet in other countries, such as China. (Although I did write a guest blog post for the National Coalition Against Censorship on Google's reaction to Chinese internet restrictions.) But others have documented how China places limits on what internet users in the country can access (including here and here).

Twibel Goes Down Under

Mar 4, 2014
On the heels of the first libel trial stemming from Twitter in the United States, there are reports that Australia had its own first "twibel" trial in November.

SCOTUS Undercover Video Appears to Violate Camera Ban

Feb 27, 2014
cross posted at the Digital Media Law Project
People are discovering a recently-posted You Tube video that apparently shows both a portion of the oral argument in a campaign finance case in October 2013 and Wednesday's interruption of an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Libel and Social Media: Yet Another Love Story

Feb 20, 2014
I may be running out of puns on the name of Courtney Love, but her odyssey as a pioneer as a defendant in libel suits based on social media continues.

Media Law for Content Marketers: An Interview with Eric P. Robinson

Feb 14, 2014

Lawyers in the Vortex: When Attorneys Become Public Figures

Feb 13, 2014
 cross posted at the Digital Media Law Project
 There was substantial media coverage of the defense verdict in the recent "twibel" (i.e., libel via Twitter) case against singer Courtney Love. Although the case attracted attention for the medium in which the allegedly defamatory statements were made, the dispositive issue was a long-standing element of libel law that did not depend on Love's use of Twitter.  Specifically, the jury found that plaintiff Rhonda Holmes, a lawyer who briefly represented Love in disputes stemming from the estate of Love's husband Kurt Cobain, had not proved the degree of fault on Love's part necessary for Holmes to win the case.

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