Week 6 SMPA 2173
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Date Created: 10/08/16
October 4, 2016 Libel: Defences and Privileges (P. 2) ● Neutral reportage: when reporters are neutrally reporting on l ibel said by someone else ○ Edwards v. National Audubon Society (1977): s long as certain conditions are met they can be defended from libel 1. Neutral 2. No change in what was said, newsworthy, connected to public topic ○ Wire Service Defense: 1. Reputable news gathering agency 2. Didn’t know it was false 3. Nothing to reasonable alert defense of falsity 4. Republished without substantial change ● Single publication rule: can’t sue each time something is republished ● Libel-proof plaintiff: plaintiff’s reputation already ruined by another libel that a statement won’t hurt them ○ Can sue original and republication at once, can’t make more than one libel suit on one libel statement ○ Not applied if there is alteration ○ Not in all states, some look at it based on topic ● Single judgement: looking at case early because one side thinks other side has no claim ○ Judge looks at it with bias to other other ○ Actual malice cases were being thrown out so said to be unfair so reforms occurred ● Section 230 immunity: i ntermediary immunity for internet provi rovided platform (AS LONG AS THEY DON’T ALTER ANYTHING) ○ Dirty.com case: isp where looking at poses and giving it more prefe ourt c said okay as long as not altering CONTENT ● Jurisdiction: issue for internet because can be accessed everywhere ○ Fourth jurisdiction: ■ Defense purposely conducted activities there ■ Plaintiff’s arises out of defense’s activities ■ Jurisdiction is constitutionally reasonable ● State of limitation: specific time frame where after libel can’t be suited ● Retractions: correcting can’t defend completely but l essen damage ● Responsible reporting: efense showed that took steps to be responsible journalists ○ Deep reporting, take back false information, got other side (accused) to comment (lessen damage) October 6, 2016 Exam 1
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