Free Speech

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The law of defamation is supposed to protect a person or business’s reputation from improperly attack. However, there is often a thin line between protecting the above rights versus limiting free speech. Of course, the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution recognizes the right to free speech.

The courts struggled with this. Ultimately, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that defamatory comments are not “free speech,” no more so than the right to yell “fire!” in a crowded theater. In other words, with rights come responsibilities. The right to free speech is not limitless. It must be exercised in a way that does not unfairly injure the reputation of another.

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