“Hulk Hogan’s $140Million KO in courtroom could have chilling effect on media”, Paul Fahri writes in the Washington Post Style section on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
The jury did not buy the idea that the tape was newsworthy because Hulk is a public figure. But Gawker expects and appeal will admit more defense testimony.
Nevertheless, editors of “tabloid news” (at least) may think twice before publication, Fahri writes.
Fahri also asks the question, in the world of asymmetric self-publishing and blogging, “What is the press?”
It’s true that a case like this (or similar one in a Tennessee hotel) involves setting up or getting hold of very personal video. That is something I wouldn’t do (although it’s possible that video shot in a disco could conceivably lead to issues).
Fahri, though, notes that the combativeness of people who post “revenge porn” (illegally in many states) will make this issue keep coming back.
I’ve had a few minor scuffles, but I keep them off line.