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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Lidsky on Cheap Speech and the Gordian Knot of Reform @JournalSpeech

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida College of Law, has published Cheap Speech and the Gordian Knot of Defamation Reform at 3 J. of Free Speech L. 79 (2023). Here is the abstract.

Dean John Wade, who replaced the great torts scholar William Prosser on the Restatement (Second) of Torts, put the finishing touches on the defamation sections in 1977. Apple Computer had been founded a year before, and Microsoft two, but relatively few people owned computers yet. The 24-hour news cycle was not yet a thing, and most Americans still trusted the press. Note: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Free Speech Law originally available online at:

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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