Is Free Speech for Assholes?

The College of Law at the University of Arizona is holding a First Amendment conference in February; the public lecture, which features a bevy of free speech luminaries, is titled, “Is Free Speech for Assholes?” The panel will debate the virtues and pitfalls of current First Amendment doctrine, from corporate speech to hate speech to […]

Copyright = Speech

I have an essay coming out in volume 65 of the Emory Law Journal, as part of the terrific 2015 Thrower Symposium. It’s titled “Copyright = Speech,” and here’s the abstract: Expression eligible for copyright protection should be presumptively treated as speech for First Amendment purposes. Both copyright and the First Amendment share the goal […]

Against Jawboning and Outrageous and Irrational

Volume 100 of Minnesota Law Review has just been published. “Against Jawboning” is in the first issue, along with co-blogger / spouse Jane Bambauer, whose article “Outrageous and Irrational” is co-authored with constitutional law / First Amendment expert and friend Toni Massaro. Minnesota LRev continues to be one of the top venues for publishing information […]

Backpage, Dominatrixes, and a Victory Against Jawboning

Sheriff Thomas Dart, of Cook County, is a crusader against prostitution, sex trafficking, and related criminal activity. He has concentrated his efforts recently on Internet platforms such as Craigslist and Backpage, which have an “adult” section as thriving and variegated in its offers as any free weekly newspaper in a major metropolitan area. Dart is […]

Privacy in a Data Collection Society

Jane and I are here with a great group of presenters and attendees at a conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Privacy in a Data Collection Society. I’m speaking this afternoon on the folly of information sharing as a means of improving cybersecurity, and I’ll post a cleaned-up draft of my remarks here […]

Against Jawboning

I’d be grateful for feedback on a new draft article, Against Jawboning, coming out in volume 100 of the Minnesota Law Review. Here’s the abstract: Despite the trend towards strong protection of speech in U.S. Internet regulation, federal and state governments still seek to regulate on-line content. They do so increasingly through informal enforcement measures, […]

Big Pharma: the New Hustler

That’s the provocative thesis of Jane’s post over at Balkinization for the conference Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment. Worth a read! And here’s her second post.

ACLU Challenges Arizona Revenge Porn Law

The ACLU, ably assisted by Dentons US LLP, has filed a challenge to Arizona’s revenge porn law in federal district court (complaint, ACLU blog, WIRED story). This is great news for Arizonans: the bill was terribly drafted and unconstitutional from the moment it was signed into law. Fighting revenge porn is important, but as Arizona […]

Why Aren’t “Hacked” Celebrities Filing Takedown Notices?

Writing today in Slate, Emily Bazelon complains that the law does not do enough to protect the privacy rights of celebrities whose accounts were illicitly “hacked” last weekend, resulting in the release of unauthorized nude photos the celebrities apparently took of themselves. Bazelon contrasts what she characterizes as the celebrities’ inability to remove their objectionable content […]

Arizona: How Not To Combat Revenge Porn

Arizona House Bill 2515 seeks to criminalize revenge porn. The only small problem: the proposed statute is blatantly unconstitutional. Here’s the text: Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona: Section 1.  Title 13, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 13-1425, to read: 13-1425.  Unlawful distribution of images; state of nudity; […]