Panel on: The Creation and Distortion of Communication through Information Technology Misinformation published on the Internet: It's time to update the Sullivan Rule

Kenneth J. Levine
InSITE 2003  •  Volume 3  •  2003
The United States Supreme Court has ruled on several cases concerning the publication of misinformation, either intentional or unintentional. In the leading case, New York Times v. Sullivan, the Court ruled that public figures can recover damages for misinformation by proving "actual malice" from the publisher. As "publication" on the Internet provides the ability to quickly and anonymously modify text, this presentation will suggest that the Court should review Sullivan in light of the new technology
Defamation, Anonymous defmation, Libel, Cyber-libel, Sullivan rule, Misinformation, Actual malice
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