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Speech on the Web The public forum doctrine and its applicability to the Internet

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Description: As the Internet is the new soapbox in the marketplace of ideas, the regulation of content and communication on it needs to be specifically tailored so as to not infringe upon established rights. Ill-fitting statutes and laws applied to the Internet would usher in an era of speech repression similar to that of the Sedition Act of 1798. The solution would be the integration of the Supreme Court's public forum doctrine into Internet regulation. Such measures would allow for governmental intervention on behalf of American citizens in cases involving both private and public regulation. The Nuremberg Files case and the Yahoo! cases are examined in order to demonstrate how the public forum doctrine approach may or may not have affected the rulings in the given cases, and how such approaches may solve regulation issues in future Internet speech disputes.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work