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Eric P. Robinson
Works at Louisiana State University
Attended Vassar College
Lives in Baton Rouge, LA
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Asian Sojourn
I am finishing up the professional portion of my travels in Japan and Korea, during which I have spoken on media law issues from a United States perspective at the International Communications Association annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan; at the Chung-An...
I am finishing up the professional portion of my travels in Japan and Korea, during which I have spoken on media law issues from a United States perspective at the International Communications Association annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan; at the Chung-Ang Law School in Seoul, Korea; ...
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Alabama Continues Quixotic Quest
As reported by the Decatur Daily , a bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation law has passed the state Senate after it was amended to clarify that criminal libel could not be used against statements regarding elected officials or candidates for elected ...
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Hail, Columbia!
I am pleased to announce that in the fall I will be joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication , where I will be teaching media law. I'm looking forward to moving to Columbia, South Carolina, and to...
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Strengthened "Right to Be Forgotten" Is Now Permanent in EU
Passage of a new General Data Protection Regulation by the Parliament of the European Union means that "the right to be forgotten," created in a 2014 decision by the European Court of Justice , is now a permanent part of EU law. And the new regulation inclu...
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Trump and Libel: More of the Same
Presidential candidate Donald Trump's latest policy pronouncement is that if he is elected he will "open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative
and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money." Trump's statement has ...
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Blogger Loses Libel Case, Owes $600,000
If bloggers and other social media posters need a reminder that they can be held accountable for their online musings, a $600,000 jury verdict against an online poster in Georgia is such an example. As reported by the LaGrange Daily News , the jury found Ro...
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Sadly, what this decision, if it stands my Appellate challenge really does, is establish that the First Amendment is only for people who can afford the costs of fairly complex litigation.
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Alabama Criminal Libel Revival on Governor's Desk
A bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation statute after it was held unconstitutional 15 years ago is awaiting action by Governor Robert J. Bentley after passing the state legislature last week . According to the Decatur Daily , the state's press associ...
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Quoted by the AP. And Herman Cain.
I've been quoted by the Associated Press in a story about a bill pending in California that would allows judges to fine jurors who use social media or the internet improperly during trials. And 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain pulled my quote from th...
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Alabama Bills Would Revive Libel Law
Two bills ( HB529 and SB404 ) prefiled in the Alabama legislature before the start of its 2016 regular session on April 19 would revive the state's criminal defamation statute, 15 years after the Alabama Supreme Court held that law unconstitutional . Passag...
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Fed Courts Find Few Harms From Cameras, Ban Them Anyway
An evaluation (which, tellingly, is not online) of the federal courts' recently concluded test of allowing cameras to record some proceedings in selected courtrooms found that a majority of judges and lawyers surveyed agreed that the positive impact of the ...
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New York Bar Committee Calls for Jury Instruction Improvements
In my 2011 study of state and federal courts' jury instructions regarding the internet and social media , I observed that New York State's civil and criminal pattern jury instructions were among the most advanced in how they dealt with the issue. Not only d...
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Court Affirms Love's Win in "Twibel" Case
A California appeals court has affirmed singer Courtney Love's victory in a libel case brought by her former attorney over tweets sent by the singer.   The lawsuit involved a tweet in which Love accused lawyer Rhonda J. Holmes, whom
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Media and internet law attorney and scholar.
Introduction

I am an attorney and scholar focused on legal issues involving the media, including the internet and social media. I am currently co-director of the Press Law and Democracy Project at Louisiana State University, where I also teach ethics and media law.

Previously I taught media law and ethics at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Baruch College (CUNY), and the University of Nevada, Reno, where I was also deputy director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media. I was also of counsel to First Amendment attorney Cynthia Counts, an affiliate scholar with the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society; a staff attorney for almost a decade at the Media Law Resource Center, and a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I have also worked as an attorney in federal, state and local government.

Besides my teaching and professional experience in media law, I also have an active research agenda on media and internet and social media law issues. My work and research has focused on the intersection of law and new technology, including the legal and social impact of social media policies; access and impact of the internet and social media on court processes and proceedings, and Federal Trade Commission and other regulation of commercial speech on social media.

I have published articles in several academic, legal and professional journals, as well as several books and encyclopedias; a complete list of articles is available here. I also blogged for Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and continue to maintain my own blog, bloglawonline.com.

I am a recognized expert on legal issues involving new media and technology, and have been invited to speak at conferences and have been frequently interviewed on these issues (list here), including by the Boston Globe, Associated Press, Oregon Public Radio, and The New York Times.

Education
  • Vassar College
  • Syracuse University
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Male
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Media / Internet Attorney and Scholar
Employment
  • Louisiana State University
    Co-Director, Press Law and Democracy Program, present
  • Cynthia Counts, Esq. (Counts Law Group)
    Of Counsel, present
  • Digital Media Law Project, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
    Affiliate Scholar, 2009 - 2014
  • Baruch College
  • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Reynolds Center for Courts and Nevada, Reno
  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
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Baton Rouge, LA