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2003 - International Communication Association Pages: 28 pages || Words: 7992 words || 
1. Herbeck, Dale. "Bad Words and Good Samaritans: Defamatory Speech in Cyberspace" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper considers whether Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are legally responsible for defamatory speech posted by third parties. Toward that end, the paper begins by identifying two competing models—ISPs as distributors and ISPs as publishers—developed by the courts in Cubby v. CompuServe (1991) and Stratton Oakmont v. Prodigy (1995). The second section of the paper revisits this controversy in light of the United States Court of Appeals decision in Zeran v. America Online (1997), a case involving Section 230—the so-called "Good Samaritan" clause—of the ill-fated Communications Decency Act. The final section of this paper briefly summarizes the growing scholarly criticism of Section 230 and the Zeran decision. In the final pages, the paper directly responds to this criticism, arguing that Section 230 was intended to immunize ISPs, and that Zeran was correctly decided.

2018 - RSA Words: 147 words || 
2. Preston, VK. "Defamed and Defamatory Bodies: Dancing Baroque Political Crisis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, <Not Available>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: “Defamed and Defamatory Bodies” studies the course of a high profile trial of Leonora Galigaï, favourite of Marie de Medici, in Paris in 1618. Through performance documents and defamatory tracts, I approach disparaging representations and silences surrounding figures in Medici's court as an approach to discerning uses of the arts in historiography as performatives displacing and defaming political parties and allegiances. This research engages baroque dance and theatre in forms of publication shared with political discourse and popular performance. Through La magicienne étrangère and Ballet de la Délivrance de Renaud, as well as defamatory texts, I examine imaginaries of dance and assembly limning performance and law, satire, and testimony. Investigating the potency of supernatural dances and figures in 1617-1618 ballets and livrets, this research studies diversionary uses of violence through acts that inflect historiography and set out to affect it, perpetrating defamation in and through the archive.

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