Notes for Week of 2/27
Notes for Week of 2/27 TRF 637
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aaron Fuller on Wednesday March 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TRF 637 at Syracuse University taught by R. Gutterman in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Telecommunications Law & Policy in Communication at Syracuse University.
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Date Created: 03/09/16
TRF 637 Comm. Law & Policy Defamation - Zeran v. AOL o Zeran sues AOL and radio station, arguing that AOL was on notice liability, radio station publishes story was in the wrong because it was distribution of false statement o The posts was on a AOL message board with Zeran’s phone number o AOL says they are not liable o Communications Decency Act Section 230 – ISP cannot be held liable for 3 rd party o AOL won the case - Can you defame someone in a fictional film? o Ex: The Wire, based on actual people and events in Baltimore - Publisher v. Distributor o Unreasonable for distributor to clear/monitor all of its content Categories of libel per se – if you can claim damages - Loathsome of disease (Ex: STD) - Imputing on chasity of a woman - Imputation of a crime - Incompetency on business or trade Syracuse.com post - Trbrooks36 - Said that Gutterman is a flake - Defamation The Ollman Test (libel) - Can the statement be proved true or false? - What is the common or ordinary meaning of the words? - What is the journalistic context of the remark? - What is the social context of the remark? - Ex: “Hot Chicks With Douchebag” book o Term of art “douchebag” and “skank”
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