A Federal Anti-SLAPP Law Would Make CDA 230 More Effective

September 05, 2018
Tags: Digital, Internet, Legislation
Julio Sharp-Wasserman and Evan Mascagni analyze one of the ways that a federal anti-SLAPP law would promote free speech online: it would close loopholes in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230). CDA 230 is designed to prevent a chilling effect…
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A Primer on the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute

August 28, 2018
In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas signed the Texas Citizens Participation Act, an anti-SLAPP statute. In this article on the blog SlappedInTexas.com, Laura Lee Prather–the primary advocate for this legislation–describes the details of the law.
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Compendium of State Anti-SLAPP Statutes

February 01, 2018
In February 2018, the Uniform Law Commission published this compendium of states’ anti-SLAPP statutes. This document is helping to inform the Commission’s effort to develop model anti-SLAPP legislation that can be used to harmonize anti-SLAPP approaches across all 50 states.
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Congress Takes On SLAPPs — SPEAK Free Act of 2015 (H.R. 2304)

May 13, 2015
In May 2015, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the SPEAK Free Act (H.R. 2304) in Congress, a bill to end SLAPPs. The legislation received 32 co-sponsors, as well as support from across civil society. Although it did not advance, the bill remains an important reminder that bipartisan support exists…
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Consumer Protection Fairness Act: What Businesses Need to Know

February 28, 2017
After President Obama signed the Consumer Protection Fairness Act in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission published this factsheet to help inform businesses about the law’s requirements. The law protects people’s ability to voice their opinions online about a business’s products and services. It is a response to a series…
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How SLAPPs Undermine Democracy: A Case Study of the USA

September 14, 2018
Tags: ETP
Charlie Holt, Legal Counsel at Greenpeace International, examines the rise of corporate power in democracies worldwide. With governments increasingly powerless to hold corporations accountable for wrongdoing, Holt writes that corporations are “increasingly responsive to only one thing: the opinion of their customers.”…
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Why We Need Federal Legislation to Protect Public Speech Online

May 31, 2015
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation published this report to build the case for anti-SLAPP legislation. The report analyzes the ways that SLAPPs have been used, as well as the harms caused by SLAPPs. The report also identifies key components of anti-SLAPP legislation.
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