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Inc. v. CompuServe Cubby Inc.

Significance, Impact, Regulation Of The Internet


Cubby, Inc., and Richard G. Blanchard


CompuServe Inc.

Plaintiff's Claim

That CompuServe was liable for defamatory statements published in the newsletter, Rumorville, against rival newsletter, Skuttlebut.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Leo Kayser

Chief Defense Lawyer

Leslie Mullady


Peter K. Leisure


New York, New York

Date of Decision

29 October 1991


The court ruled in favor of CompuServe finding that the Internet service provider was not liable for the statements printed in the newsletter transmitted through its system.

Related Cases

  • Smith v. California, 361 U.S. 147 (1959).
  • Cianci v. New Times Publishing Co., 639 F 2d 54 (1980).
  • Lerman v. Chuckleberry Publishing, Inc., 521 F.Supp. 228 S.D.N.Y. (1981).
  • Statton Oakmont, Inc. v. Prodigy Services, Co., WL 323710 N.Y.S.C. (1995).
  • Zeran v. America Online, Inc., 129 F.3d 327 (1997).


Marshall, Joshua M. "Will Free Speech Get Tangled in the Net?" The American Prospect, January-February 1998.

Further Readings

  • Cameron, Donald M., and Smith Lyons, editors. Defamation on the Internet. Website, http://www.jurisdiction.com.
  • Godwin, Mike. Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age. New York: Times Books, 1998.
  • Rose, Lance. NetLaw: Your Rights in the Online World. Berkeley, CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1995.
  • Stuckey, Kent D. Internet and Online Law. New York: Law Journal Seminars Press, 1996.

Additional topics

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