The digital rights groups Electronic Frontier Foundation, Citizen Media Law Project and Public Citizen also weighed in on the case...The organizations are asking the appellate court to direct trial judges to examine free speech issues when evaluating hot news claims.

"Special First Amendment concerns arise where, as here, a court enjoins the publication of newsworthy information," they argue. They say that the hot news doctrine should not be used "to stifle common journalistic practices and new forms of commentary, curation, and information sharing online."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010