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Assigned readings need to be done BEFORE class
During class you will be expected to discuss the assigned readings.
New York Times vs. Sullivan
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, legal case in which, on March 9, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9–0) that, for a libel suit to be successful, the complainant must prove that the offending statement was made with “ ‘actual malice’—that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” Specifically, the case involved an advertisement that appeared in The New York Times in March 1960 that outlined how African Americans had been oppressed and that asked readers to contribute money to the struggle to end racial segregation in the South.
Citation: Urofsky, Melvin I., New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (2019, Mar. 2) In Encyclopedia Britannica online Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/event/New-York-Times-Co-v-Sullivan
Libel: Establishing a Case and New York Times Vs. Sullivan
Hear the actual oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court on January 6 and 7, 1964, for New York Times Company v. Sullivan Oral Argument. The site has a full, searchable transcript for each day.
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Libel: Proof of Fault/ Post Sullivan/ Defense and Damages
The Communications Decency Act and New York Times v. Sullivan: Providing Public Figure Defamation a Home on the Internet
Citation: Williams, Chris. The Communications Decency Act and New York Times v. Sullivan: Providing Public Figure Defamation a Home on the Internet, 43 J. Marshall L. Rev. 491 (2010).
Proving Fault: Actual Malice and Negligence
Citation: The Digital Media Law Project. (n.d) Proving Fault: Actual Malice and Negligence Retrieved from: http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/proving-fault-actual-malice-and-negligence
NOTE: 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demand the Berkman Klein Center is keeping the website online, but please note that the website and its contents are no longer being updated.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.
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