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Sixth Circuit Decision a Reminder of Flawed Communications Decency Act

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in the Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment case, in which it reversed the lower court judge’s decision in favor of the former teacher and ex-Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, Sarah Jones.  At trial, a jury awarded Jones $338,000...

The Communications Decency Act and ‘TheDirty’

We have touched on the Communications Decency Act of 1996 almost in passing in other posts, but that does not do justice to this federal law and its significance to the internet and online speech. In fact, without 47 U.S.C. § 230, this blog (and our practice) would be drastically...

Defamation and ‘TheDirty’: Why You Don’t Want to Sue TheDirty.com

Nik Richie, founder and editor of controversial “reality” blog TheDirty.com, does not hide what his website is all about. Scroll down to the very bottom of the gossip website and you will find a note that its content is comprised of “rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions, and”–lastly–“factual information.” The website even...