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The Law and Economics of Online Republication

Perry, Ronen, The Law and Economics of Online Republication (March 10, 2020). Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3552301

“Jerry publishes unlawful content about Newman on Facebook, Elaine shares Jerry’s post, the share automatically turns into a tweet because her Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked, and George immediately retweets it. Should Elaine and George be liable for these republications? The question is neither theoretical nor idiosyncratic. On occasion, it reaches the headlines, as when Jennifer Lawrence’s representatives announced she would sue every person involved in the dissemination, through various online platforms, of her illegally obtained nude pictures. Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg. Numerous potentially offensive items are reposted daily, their exposure expands in widening circles, and they sometimes “go viral.”

This Article is the first to provide a law and economics analysis of the question of liability for online republication. Its main thesis is that liability for republication generates a specter of multiple defendants which might dilute the originator’s liability and undermine its deterrent effect. The Article concludes that, subject to several exceptions and methodological caveats, only the originator should be liable. This seems to be the American rule, as enunciated in Batzel v. Smith and Barrett v. Rosenthal. It stands in stark contrast to the prevalent rules in other Western jurisdictions and has been challenged by scholars on various grounds since its very inception..”

Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

The New York Times: Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis – “If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.” Continue Reading

WaPo Live Coronavirus Updates – US and around the world

Access to these Washington Post updates is free – Live updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases approach 500,000 worldwide; Senate passes stimulus, but new U.S. jobless claims shatter decades-old record – “Much of the world’s population is now living under some sort of coronavirus-related restrictions as the total number of confirmed cases worldwide approaches 500,000. In Washington,… Continue Reading

How to choose a free videoconference app

The Verge: “Most people are currently relying on videoconferencing to keep in touch with work colleagues, family, and friends — and if they’re facing financial difficulties, free is best. While Zoom seems currently to be the most popular videoconferencing app, there are several applications out there that will allow people to meet online for free.… Continue Reading

Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal Government

“In this free webinar, we will discuss why Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information. We’ll also talk about the differences between the public domain and open access; when to use Government information; how to identify the types and uses of business information from the Federal Government; and how to create local, business-specific… Continue Reading

Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time

“Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time,” by Susan Pulliam, Coulter Jones and Andrea Fuller: “Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. “The selling saved… Continue Reading

The Financial Times is making key coronavirus coverage free to read

“Coronavirus: free to read Note from Roula Khalaf, Editor: The Financial Times is making key coronavirus coverage free to read to keep everyone informed during this extraordinary crisis. Please share the stories on this page using #FTfreetoread.” Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads | Free to read Continue Reading

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

The New York Times – Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers: “…While the rest of the economy is tanking from the crippling impact of the coronavirus, business at the biggest technology companies is holding steady — even… Continue Reading

Yale Program on Financial Stability – COVID-19 Crisis

Yale School of Management – “Central banks, fiscal authorities, and international organizations are taking extraordinary steps to respond to the market distress caused by the COVID pandemic. Policy makers need decision support as they consider their options. The Yale Program on Financial Stability (YPFS) is tracking what governments across the world are doing in response… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 22, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 22, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading