Faculty in the News
Moritz College of Law faculty members are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight as reporters seek them out for expert comment on today's headlines. The topics cover a wide range, such as the death penalty, artificial insemination, and voting machines. Just as varied are the locations of the publications or news outlets, ranging from small town newspapers to wire services with international distribution.
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Moritz faculty members. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. Contact Barbara Peck, Chief Communications Officer, for any media requests at (614) 292-0283.
Edward Lee Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Edward Lee. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. (Return to Faculty Bio)
Campaigns now making stops on YouTube
Oct. 13, 2008
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story regarding campaign videos on YouTube. The story states: “’If you look at the number of views of the convention speeches,’ Lee says, ‘you see Obama out in front with 450,000 views, but Palin's speech has 250,000, with McCain's just above 100,000 and [Democrat Joseph R.] Biden's just below.’”
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in a Wall Street Journal blog post regarding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and how it may carry over to other legal fields. “But over at the Utube blog, Edward Lee, an IP prof at Ohio State U.’s Moritz College of Law, argues that, for technology companies dealing with “speech-related technologies,” the Court’s Heller opinion could be good news. “If the Court interprets the Free Press clause in a parallel manner to the way it has interpreted the Second Amendment,” writes Lee, “it is very possible that Congress’s present or future attempts to regulate speech technologies under copyright law could be unconstitutional.”
New companies recover your Web reputation
May 4, 2008
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch story about companies starting that promise to improve customers’ “online images.” Lee commented about the legalities of tracking down who is responsible for online comments made anonymously. The story states: “‘It's costly to litigate, of course, and it may not be worth the while of an individual,’ said Edward Lee, an Ohio State University law professor who studies Internet law. ‘And it's still not even clear, using the subpoena, if the information would be attainable.’”
Site serves up 'Haterade'
Feb. 28, 2008
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in the Ohio State University student newspaper, The Lantern. Lee was mentioned in a story regarding a web site called, juicycampus.com, which allows students to post rumors regarding their campuses anonymously. "The Communications Decency Act provides a safe harbor or immunity for Web sites that are merely publishing the content posted by third parties," Lee said. "As long as they're not encouraging people to break the law, they're still safe under the law."
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in a New American story about how the Internet is changing the way presidential candidates campaign. The story cites a story Lee did on the topic that rates candidates by their popularity on youtube.com and other web sites. “Paul has the most views on average per video (nearly 85,000) and the most subscribers on YouTube (nearly 25,000) — more than doubling the numbers of the closest competitor from any party.”
YouTube/CNN presidential debate gets mixed reviews
July 24, 2007
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in a Computerworld.com story via his blog concerning the YouTube presidential debate. The story reads: “However, Edward Lee, a professor at Ohio State University who specializes in law and technology, wrote in his blog that CNN and YouTube ‘botched the debate’ by not allowing all candidates to answer any of the substantive questions, ‘even though many of the YouTube users posed their questions specifically to the entire group of candidates. For a two-hour debate, that's pretty appalling.’
Campaign for Iraq Pullout Hits YouTube
Jan. 9, 2007
Professor Edward Lee was quoted in this Associated Press story that appeared in the Washington Post which discusses a YouTube video from a British man calling for the pullout of U.S. troops in Iraq that has stoked a small online protest and tested the video sharing site's potential for viral demonstration. "Those real-life events that are not scripted but captured, I think it's easier for them to become viral videos as opposed to some random guy who's vlogging and trying to organize a campaign," says Lee. "YouTube is still a limited number of people who actually go there and many are not going there for commentary by strangers as opposed to videos that are more entertaining. YouTube as a platform to get the word out and organize is probably still dependent on traditional media. At the same token, there's great room for developing this platform."