Mason Alexander Dipalma, Melissa Paige Finnegan, Emma E Pierpont, Annette M Taylor


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Melissa Finnegan examines libel cases in Ohio and New York courts that have been brought against the press for social media postings and how the law has been evolving in the last decade to deal with the new media landscape. Mason Di Palma examines the libel case brought by Aleksej Gubarev, CEO of XBT Holding, a Luxembourg-based web hosting company, against BuzzFeed for publishing a dossier that alleges compromising information about President Trump. Gubarev was named in the document and alleged that his company helped Russian intelligence services in its hacking operations. DiPalma determines whether Gubarev has a case based on libel law in Florida. Emma Pierpont investigates the rights of the press and public to film on-duty police officers in states within the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Analyzing cases since 2006, Pierpont determines how courts balance rights of privacy and free press, as well as the public interest in transparency in matters of public concern.

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Course Project - Undergraduate

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Annette M. Taylor

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Media Law: Current Issues in Libel & Privacy