Internet On Trial Modern Day Litigation, Cyber Defamation, and Law in Sports & Entertainment
Is it defamation to … tell someone to eat shit?
by joe bahgat on 2017-08-14 at 3:35 pm
This is an easy one. No. By definition, defamation is a false statement of fact, which damages another’s reputation or character. So, telling someone to eat shit, which is nothing but a more colorful way of saying ‘go fly a kite,’ is not defamation. Then why did HBO get sued along with its show host,...… Continue Reading […]
Is there a constitutionally protected right to record police activity?
by joe bahgat on 2017-08-01 at 7:38 pm
Spoiler alert: It depends. The short, easy answer is, yes, the First Amendment protects your right to film the actions of on-duty police officers, but the right is not without limits. The most common limitation on filming is when it interferes with police activities. As you probably guessed, the word interferes is subject to numerous...… Continue Reading […]
Own a gun? Hope you like jail.
by joe bahgat on 2017-07-18 at 2:09 pm
For all intents and purposes, it’s a crime just to have or possess a gun in the state of New Jersey—unless you’re in your own home—and with new rules just announced by the New Jersey judiciary, people charged with gun-related crimes now will go to jail immediately, denied bail, and the presumption of innocence until proven...… Continue Reading […]