On 10 August 2010 President Obama has signed the so-called “SPEECH Act” into law.  This prohibits federal courts from recognizing or enforcing foreign libel judgments in the U.S. that are not “First Amendment compliant”.  In addition foreign defamation judgments are unenforceable against the providers of interactive computers services, such as the hosts message boards and blogs, if inconsistent with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (which protects against liability for content provided by others).  28 USC § 1402(c).  The text of the statute appears here.   This wholly unnecessary piece of legislation has – predictably – been given a universal and uncritical welcome by the media and by most bloggers (see, for example, the usually excellent Unruly of Law).  Continue reading