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|Semester Assessment||Module Assessment Written Assignment of 5000 words||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain the nature of the problems encountered in pursuing an action for defamation in the US and the UK.
2. Provide a critique of the liability of ISPs in the US and UK and its effect on potential litigants.
3. Explain the nature and use of CyberSLAPP cases.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal problems of controlling obscene speech on the internet.
5. Critically assess the difference in approach between the legal regimes for regulating obscenity on the internet in the US and the UK.
6. Evaluate the potential utility and efficacy of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
2. The approach in the US: Communications Decency Act s230, the liability of ISPs and the pros and cons of CyberSLAPP cases.
3. The approach in the UK: the Defamation Act 1996 and Directive 200/31/EC.
B Obscenity and hate speech:
4. Specific characteristics of the internet and world wide web which give rise to difficulties in the control of obscene and other undesirable content.
5. A comparison of the US approach in the Communications Decency Act and the Child-online Protection Act with that of the legal regime in the UK under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Obscene Publications Act 1959.
6. Cultural issues, community standards, obscenity and hate speech: the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and its ratification.
This module is at CQFW Level 7