Rob Garson‘s article in the Observer looks at the recent investigation of Stephen Fry in Ireland for the offense of blasphemy. Contrasting Irish laws to other jurisdictions, Rob observes that “the judgment of those tasked with investigating, enforcing or, importantly, not applying the laws that lie on the statute books” is intrinsic to whether freedom of speech can be curtailed.
Rob Garson writes in the Observer on burning of the US flag and the First Amendment. In his piece, he maintains that Texas v Johnson was wrongly decided.
Rob also compares the USA with other countries on a policy basis “America needs only to look to Europe of today to see the husks of denatured cultures and lost identities where those seeking a sense of place can only do so among...Read More
Rob Garson writes in the Observer on the Yelp’s battle in California over being compelled to remove adverse customer reviews. For
al lovers of online First Amendment issues, this is a must read.
Yet again, religious freedom is being debated in state legislatures. Rob Garson‘s opinion piece in the Observer gives his perspective on what he sees to be faith-based bullying. Once again, while this is not the opinion of the firm, true to type, the article is forthright.
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The Terry Bollea / Hulk Hogan v. Gawker trial is giving light to many important privacy and publicity issues, especially in reference to aging celebrities. Rob Garson‘s opinion piece
in the Observer gives his unique perspective on the spectacle in Florida. Once again, while this is not the opinion of the firm, true to type, Rob’s view is strident.
The battle between privacy and law enforcement has come to a head in recent days. Rob Garson‘s opinion piece was published in the Observer in which he states “While Apple may wish to elevate itself above the others in the telecoms industries and use the pretext of user privacy as its shield, this is a battle that is doomed to failure.” While this is not the opinion of the...Read More
Rob Garson was asked to comment in Newsweek on the MTA’s retroactive decision to ban a pro-muslim advertisement.
Garson said the MTA has “decided to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”
“They don’t want to be making these tough decisions…. Its much easier to put things into an all or nothing situation from their policing perspective,” … “It would it be nice if every...Read More
There have been moves by the MTA to limit the content of advertisements that appear on its properties. In a Newsweek article Rob Garson of GS2Law commented that the MTA’s policy
“could sanitize satire within the commercial context. As long as you’re saying, ‘Go and buy this,’ that’s fine. But if you’re saying, ‘Our shoes ar large, therefore de Blasio might not like them,’ that could fall...Read More
Over the last few years the dissipation of a person’s image has not only become ubiquitous but it has been embraced by many. The impact on privacy or publicity rights of the Instagram culture will be discussed in a series of articles over the course of the year, which will analyze the law as it currently stands in different jurisdictions to see if the legislatures are lagging behind.
As one who firmly believes in the rights of all to espouse their views, the rights of others to ignore crazies and the obligation of everyone to be funny, I am slightly bemused about the public backlash over Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ.
For those who have not yet embraced A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Mr. Robertson and his family were plucked from media obscurity a couple of years...Read More