Internet Free Speech
The rapid growth of the internet and internet technologies created a renewed opportunity for citizens to be heard on a wide variety of issues, including their government, the corporations that have an increasing role in their economic security, and the unions that represent their labor interests.
Public Citizen has developed a program of litigation and other forms of advocacy which protects the rights of these ordinary citizens against those powerful entities who would seek to curtail or suppress the exchange of ideas and criticism that is enabled by this new technology.
- Guide for Bloggers and Non-Profit Organizations About Writing with Libel in Mind - This guide discusses the elementary principles of libel law and explains how to prepare for and conduct a pre-publication libel review.
- Statement of Paul Levy, Public Citizen Litigation Group, on Maryland House Bill 263: In testimony to the Maryland legislature on February 10, 2016, Paul Levy discussed a pending anti-SLAPP bill and suggested changes to protect consumers' speech on matters of public interest.
- Legal Perils and Legal Rights of Internet Speakers (PDF) - Outline prepared by Paul Alan Levy regarding Internet Free Speech. Contains legal citations, links to relevant web sites, and other resources.
- Internet Free Speech Cases litigated by Public Citizen Litigation Group
- Gripe Sites defended by Public Citizen
- Litigating Civil Subpoenas to Identify Anonymous Internet Speakers (PDF) - An article by Paul Alan Levy explaining how to defend against subpoenas, with citations to relevant cases; published in Litigation, the journal of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
- Developments in Dendrite (PDF), another article Paul Alan Levy, published in Florida Coastal Law Review, examining developments in the caselaw governing subpoenas to identify anonymous internet speakers.
- Introduction to Section 230 (PDF) - Internet Users Are Liable Only for Their Own Content – An Introduction to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
For assistance with the protection of your free speech rights, contact Public Citizen Litigation Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or Public Citizen Litigation Group, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. A request for advice or assistance should contain a BRIEF description of the situation. If there are one or two highly relevant documents, attach them. For example, if you have been sued, include a copy of the complaint; if threatened with suit, include the demand letter. Be sure to include contact information. Do not send original documents.