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Washington University in St. Louis

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Commerce Versus Commentary: Gripe Sites, Parody, And The First Amendment In Cyberspace, Jacqueline D. Lipton Jan 2006

Commerce Versus Commentary: Gripe Sites, Parody, And The First Amendment In Cyberspace, Jacqueline D. Lipton

Washington University Law Review

The Global Online Freedom Bill of 2006 emphasizes the importance of freedom of speech on the Internet as a fundamental human right. However, the backbone of the World Wide Web, the Internet domain name system, is a poor example of protecting free speech, particularly in terms of the balance between speech and commercial trademark interests. This is apparent from the manner in which the legislature and the judiciary deal with cases involving Internet gripe sites and parody sites. The lack of a clear consensus on the protection of free speech in these contexts is troubling, and can be found in ...