Freedom of Speech

Blasphemy Laws, Freedom of Speech & Stephen Fry

by on May 10, 2017 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW

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 […]

Should Flag Burning Be Criminalized?

by on December 1, 2016 in GS2LAW

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 […]

GS2Law in the Observer on Religious Defense Laws

by on March 25, 2016 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW, Press

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 bulling. Once again, while this is not the opinion of the firm, true to type, the article is forthright.

Hulk Hogan v Gawker GS2Law in the Observer

by on March 12, 2016 in GS2LAW, Intellectual Property, Publicity

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 […]

Apple’s Privacy Stand – GS2Law comments in the Observer

by on February 24, 2016 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW, Intellectual Property, Press, Publicity

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 […]

GS2Law in Newsweek Over MTA Adverts

by on June 26, 2015 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW, Press

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 […]

GS2Law comments in Newsweek Over MTA

by on May 12, 2015 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW, Press

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[en’t] […]

Virtual Rape: Israel’s Roadmap to Internet Privacy

by on January 9, 2014 in GS2LAW

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 […]

A Hick-Cup? Triage for A&E

by on December 20, 2013 in Freedom of Speech, GS2LAW

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 […]