EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: 1st Amendment & Social Media, Copyright Suit, and DOJ Ignoring Online Stalking

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How First Amendment Battles Are Shaping Up In the Social Media Age I The Hollywood Reporter

Whether it's Trump's tweets, the Google diversity manifesto writer's controversial firing or Robert Kardashian's recent alleged revenge porn rampage, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks says talking about hot-button cultural issues forces the public to scrutinize what actually constitutes a First Amendment violation.

"It's become a buzzword, a fashionable claim to make," she says. "Milo [Yiannopoulos] was arguing that his First Amendment right was being violated when Twitter took away his blue check mark."

What Happens When A Big-Name Author Is Sued For Copyright Infringement I The Huffington Post

From a copyright law standpoint, said Andres Sawicki, an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law who specializes in intellectual property law’s effect on creativity in the arts and sciences, the case looks to be a mixed bag, even in a legal environment that’s been increasingly friendly to claims like Green’s in recent years. “I’d be really surprised if the plaintiff here won,” he told HuffPost in a phone conversation. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the case will be going away quickly. “My sense is that there’s probably enough here to get through” pretrial stages, like document exchanges and depositions, he said ― and possibly even to trial, if a settlement isn’t reached.

EXCLUSIVE: Department of Justice turns a blind eye to online stalking and abuse I ThinkProgress

“Anecdotally, we’ve definitely heard that law enforcement generally, and the FBI in particular, is not interested in the vast majority of cases,” Mary Anne Franks, a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law and vice-president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, said in an interview.

CONTACT: Catharine Skipp at 305-284-9810 or cskipp@law.miami.edu