The Internet and Privacy — Can the Two Co-Exist?

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Mastering Torts: A Student’s Guide to the Law of Torts.

Chapter 22: “Defamation” (pp. 303–333)

Chapter 22 discusses the torts of libel and slander and the recourse for people whose reputation has been harmed.

Chapter 23: “Invasion of Privacy” (pp. 335–346)

In Chapter 23, you will explore the four categories of invasion of privacy: public disclosure, intrusion, publicity, and appropriation of name.

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)

Using Westlaw, find the following statute and some commentary or cases discussing its application. You can search in Westlaw for the American Law Reports article on the Act that is cited below. The article cites many cases involving the statute and also provides an overview of how defamation claims involving speech over the Internet work.

47 USC 230(c)(1)Communications Decency Act

52 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 37 (2011)

Using the information you have found, how would you respond to the question as to whether one may sue for defamation for something written on the Internet?

Use APA and Bluebook format citations

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