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In re Subpoena Duces Tecum to AOL Circuit Court of Virginia, 2000 Facts:  The plaintiff, Anonymous Publicly Traded Company (APTC), sought to  learn the identities of four subscribers of AOL’s internet services to name those  users as defendants in a court action.  APTC claims that the four users wrote  defaming, misrepresentative statements and made public confidential information  about APTC in an Internet chat room. The Virginian courts issued a subpoena  ordering AOL to produce any documents from which the identity of the 4  subscribers could be discovered for the suit against the four users for contract  violations.  Issue:  Does the subpoena issued for the names of the four AOL users violate  those users 1 st  amendment protections to speak anonymously on the Internet?  Holding:  The court upheld the subpoena, denying the motion to quash it made  by AOL. 
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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.

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