Posts tagged free speech
Urban Dictionary: The New Expert Witness?

Beyond the evident free speech questions that Iancu v. Brunetti poses, the case also has brought attention to the forms of evidence presented in court. In its argument in linking the name “Fuct” to its implied expletive counterpart, the USPTO provided an Urban Dictionary definition of ‘fuct,’which defined the term as the past tense of the verb ‘fuck,’’ finding the term to be ‘recognized as a slang and literal equivalent of the word “fucked,”’ with ‘the same vulgar meaning.’”

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The Constitutionality of Hate Speech: Why it is a Necessary Evil on College Campuses

On February 1, 2017, over 1,500 UC Berkeley students gathered at Sproul Plaza to protest the speech of the notorious conservative Milo Yiannopoulos. [1] Known for his anti-Semitic sentiments, anti-feminist critiques, and alt-right stances, his invitation to speak at Berkeley was a momentous decision to uphold a free marketplace of ideas: a First Amendment philosophy that an unregulated circulation of ideas, instead of speech censorship, will contribute to the prevailing of truth.

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Should Facebook be Accessible to Sex Offenders? A First Amendment Analysis

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech.”[1] The Supreme Court has typically interpreted the term “speech” to incorporate a broad range of expressions, including the use of Internet.[2] However, the increasing use of the Internet and social media sites has led to debate as to what constitutes free speech in the digital age and if digital platforms should be made accessible to the entire public. Currently, Facebook’s accessibility to the public has been contested in relation to the right of sex offenders to use the site, as limiting their access conflicts with freedom of speech protected under the First Amendment. 

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