Welcome to the website of the Digital Media Law Project. The DMLP was a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society from 2007 to 2014. Due to popular demand the Berkman Klein Center is keeping the website online, but please note that the website and its contents are no longer being updated. Please check any information you find here for accuracy and completeness.
A federal jury's verdict awarding $338,000
to former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and high school teacher Sarah
Jones over postings on thedirty.com website may lead to a
re-examination of the scope of the law that web site operators have widely invoked<
The Digital Media Law Project (formerly the Citizen Media Law Project), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, has asked the Sixth Circuit to make clear that website operators that aggregate citizen reports and rely on that data to draw conclusions cannot be liable for defamation based on those conclusions.
The trafficking of children for sex in the United States is an appalling and very real problem, which a new Washington state law means to eliminate by targeting websites that offer classified advertising for escort services. But many fear the law poses a serious threat to free speech on the Internet by imposing upon online service providers
the burdensome duty to monitor, vet, and otherwise censor third-party
Let's start with the following premise: thedirty.com is a tasteless
website. In addition to a bit of celebrity gossip and paparazzi-type
pictures, the site also invites anyone to post pictures – often
revealing, embarrassing, or insulting – of others for comment by users
and, sometimes, the site's proprietor.
As we have reported previously, the Digital (nee Citizen) Media Law Project has been following a trend in delays at the Internal Revenue Service relating to Section 501(c)(3) tax exemptions for nonprofit journalism organizations.
We are looking for contributing authors with expertise in media law, intellectual property, First Amendment, and other related fields to join us as guest bloggers. If you are interested, please contact us for more details.