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Unformatted text preview: CASE BRIEF: Batzel v. Smith THE FACTS. Robert Smith, a worker for Ellen Batzel, e-mailed Tom Cremer (operator of the Museum Security Network) concerning an allegation that Batzel had stolen some pieces of art located in her home. Upon receiving Smith’s message, Cremer included the message in the Network’s listserv mailing and also posted it on their website. Smith responded to this by claiming he had no idea this would be posted to the listserv or be put on the web, and that if he had known this he would not have sent the message. It is to be noted that subscribers send messages for inclusion on the listserv to an e-mail different from the one that Smith had sent to. Batzel claims, because of Cremer, she lost clients and that her reputation suffered; therefore, she is suing for reputational injuries. The Communications Decency Act gives immunity to “providers or users of interactive computer service”. “Interactive computer service” is defined as “any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer...
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course COMM 458 taught by Professor Sparr during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '08