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Attorney Dershowitz Files $80 Million Defamation Suit Against Netflix

Attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is suing Netflix for $80 million over his portrayal in the streaming service’s “Filthy Rich” series about sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Miami federal court, contends that Netflix intentionally …

UK Judge Rules Newspaper Violated Duchess Meghan’s Privacy in Publishing Letter

LONDON — A newspaper invaded the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing personal letter to her estranged father, a British judge ruled Thursday, in a major victory for the royal in her campaign against what she sees as media intrusion. …

Republicans Eye ‘Jackhammer’ to Reform Tech Liability While Democrats Grab ‘Scalpel’

Big Tech’s decisions to block some posts and videos while letting other content viewed as inflammatory proliferate have drawn the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike, raising the prospect that a 24-year-old U.S. law that fostered the internet’s explosion will …

Internet Companies Urge FCC to Reject Trump Rules on Social Media Liability

A group representing major internet companies including Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject a Trump administration bid to narrow the ability of social media companies to remove objectionable …

Markel International Exits Personal Accident, Contingency Insurance on COVID-19 Impact

Markel International, the London-based specialist insurer and division of Markel Corp., has announced its wholesale business will now focus solely on the entertainment book of business within its personal accident, contingency and entertainment (PACE) portfolio. As a result, with immediate …

Big Publishers Sue Digital ‘Emergency Library’ Offering Free Books During Coronavirus

Four of the country’s biggest publishers have sued a digital library for copyright infringement, alleging that the Internet Archive has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public, including such favorites as Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon, …

Harvard Professor Takes Aim at ‘Clickbait’ With Defamation Suit Against New York Times

A Harvard University professor known as an expert in intellectual property is suing the New York Times for its publication of a “sensationalized, false and defamatory ‘clickbait’ Internet headline and lede” about him during the Jeffrey Epstein human trafficking scandal. …

Supreme Court Weighs Legal Standard in $20B Racial Bias Claim Against Comcast

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed sympathy toward allowing comedian and producer Byron Allen to pursue his racial bias lawsuit accusing cable television operator Comcast Corp. of discriminating against black-owned channels. Over the course of an hour of oral …

Bipartisan Group Calls for Pulling Internet Firms’ Liability Immunity

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is stepping up efforts to have U.S. trade officials eliminate a legal liability shield that tech companies are pushing to keep in new agreements, including a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement …

Why Big Internet Firms Think They Should Remain Shielded from Content Liability

A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit and social media site Reddit Inc. said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, …