20      Other First Amendment Issues: Libel, Hate Speech, Cyberstalking, and Copyright


The online universe is an important part of our information and communications infrastructure. Yet with the growing list of applications and information pools, there are potential legal hot spots. Therefore, besides examining online obscenity as described in Chapter 19, it is also important to explore other First Amendment issues including online libel, hate speech, cyberstalking and copyright.


Internet service providers (ISPs) offer e-mail, Bulletin Boards, electronic news reports, and other services to customers. But what happens when a third party uses an ISP’s service to make libelous remarks? Is the ISP legally responsible for ...

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