cyberSLAPP

cyberSLAPP

(CYBER Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) A lawsuit designed to prevent free expression. A cyberSLAPP is the Internet version of a SLAPP, which was coined in the 1996 book "SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out" by George Pring and Penelope Canan. The cyberSLAPP lawsuit is filed by a person or company against the publisher of a blog, social media post or online article that contains opposing views or criticism. By creating perpetual legal delays after initiation, a cyberSLAPP is often used to intimidate or bankrupt the defendant even if there is no chance of ever winning the case. See Internet troll and patent troll.
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Spencer, Cyberslapp Suits and John Doe Subpoenas: Balancing Anonymity and Accountability in Cyberspace, 19 J.
(8) CyberSLAPPs, on the other hand, are baseless lawsuits that corporations, politicians, or others bring to silence critics engaged in constitutionally protected political speech online.
(15) In analyzing cyberSLAPPs, however, this Note will advocate for robust antiSLAPP laws to protect anonymous political speech against powerful interests.
CyberSLAPPs are the latest incarnation of SLAPPs, which are frivolous lawsuits masquerading as defamation cases brought against someone who speaks out on a matter of public concern.
CyberSLAPP context, the individual or organization who has been
reviews were anonymous may find themselves as litigants in a CyberSLAPP
CyberSLAPP cases involve a person who has anonymously criticized a
For an extensive list of American cyber-SLAPP cases, see cyberSLAPP.org, "Don't chill online freedom of expression", online: <http://www.cyberslapp.org/search/>.
Comment, Cybersmear or CyberSLAPP: Analyzing Defamation Suits Against
(@) Read more about cyberSLAPP lawsuits by visiting SM Online.
The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sent a letter to more than 100 TSPs and Internet discussion boards, asking them to preserve the right to anonymous speech which, they say, is threatened by "cyberSLAPPs" (SLAPP stands for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation), where companies that have been criticized file sometimes frivolous lawsuits to expose the identity--and chill the activities--of their critics.

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