|Marc J. Randazza|
|Born||Marc John Randazza
November 26, 1969
|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts Amherst (Journalism, 1994)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2000)
University of Florida (M.A., Mass Communication, 2003)
|Occupation||First Amendment Attorney|
|The Legal Satyricon (editor)|
Early life and education
Randazza was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on November 26, 1969. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1987. Randazza attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in journalism. Randazza worked as a journalist and in advertising in Washington, D.C., Palermo, Rome, New York City, and Miami. In 1996, Randazza was inspired to attend law school by the film The People vs. Larry Flynt. He attended Georgetown University Law Center and graduated in 2000. During law school, he interned for Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. He continued his First Amendment education by attending the University of Florida, where he earned a master's degree in communications, writing his thesis on vote pairing, which was cited by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Randazza is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts (2002), Florida (2003), California (2010), Arizona (2010), and Nevada (2012). Randazza's first case was representing a fraternity at Boston University when the brothers of that fraternity were accused of destroying their house and other misconduct. He then began practicing in Florida as a real estate attorney. He quickly returned to the First Amendment and media field, taking on representation of an adult bookstore in Fort Myers, Florida. Soon thereafter, he moved to Orlando, Florida where his practice in First Amendment and media law expanded. He started representing defendants in SLAPP suits, pornography businesses, protestors, in often unpopular constitutional law matters.
In 2004, his University of Florida thesis gained attention as vote pairing became a minor issue during the 2004 election. Randazza was asked to debate the issue on Fox News, and thereafter has been a frequent legal commentator on television and in print. Randazza served as a professor of law at Barry University School of Law, located in Orlando, Florida. where he taught First Amendment law, copyright law, trademark law, and entertainment law.
Randazza has a practice that primarily focuses on the areas of First Amendment litigation, adult entertainment, trademark and copyright litigation, and domain name arbitration disputes. He has represented a number of well-known adult entertainment companies including Kink.com, Bang Bus, and Milf Hunter. He also represents media businesses such as BME and bloggers in SLAPP suits.
Randazza has gained notoriety for handling high Profile First Amendment cases and for his defense of the adult entertainment field. He represented Anthony Ciolli, one of the administrators of AutoAdmit in the high-profile case regarding that website, securing his dismissal from that case. He has represented the defendant in Beck v. Eiland-Hall, a case before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) filed by political commentator Glenn Beck, concerning a satire website parodying Beck. The WIPO arbitrator ruled against Beck in the case, and in favor of Randazza's client. Citizen Media Law Project assistant director Sam Bayard said of the WIPO arbitrator's decision, "It's good to see that this WIPO arbitrator had no interest in allowing Beck to circumvent the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution". He went on to congratulate Randazza, "Congratulations to Marc for this big victory and for his innovative brief that not only won the case, but also brought 'Mr. Spock Ate My Balls' into the legal lexicon."
Randazza has been criticized by feminists for supporting Rush Limbaugh and the rights of the adult film industry as well as his representation of adult film companies in copyright infringement cases. However, despite representing copyright plaintiffs, in late 2011, Randazza and his firm effectively killed Righthaven, a "copyright troll" company briefly infamous for buying limited rights to copyrighted works for the sole purpose of bringing lawsuits against alleged infringers. On May 9, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court's decision dismissing the case for lack of standing. Righthaven complained of what it called Randazza's "scorched earth judgment enforcement efforts" in its legal filings. This is consistent with Randazza's use of the Latin term murum aries attigit when he defends defamation cases. In addition, in October 2012, Randazza launched a crowdsourced investigation of the "revenge porn" site IsAnybodyDown?, run by Craig Brittain and Chance Trahan, which posted women's nude photos and personal contact information while advertising the services of the non-existent "takedown lawyer David Blade III", who promised to have the photos removed for a fee. Randazza described his approach, "When it comes to porn, here are my rules: Rule #1: The subjects must be adults. Rule #2: The subjects must be consenting adults. If you don’t break either of those rules, I am on your side. I will defend your right to make, watch, display, and sell that content. Break either rule, and I want to hurt you for the damage you do to others".
Randazza was named one of the Top 50 newsmakers of the adult entertainment industry by XBiz World Magazine for the year 2011, and in January 2012, he discussed being admitted to the Nevada Bar, his plans to reform nationwide anti-SLAPP legislation, and changes to copyright protections as a result of Righthaven. In July 2012, VegasInc and Avvo.com named Randazza one of Las Vegas' Top Lawyers.
Randazza has handled a number of "cameras in the courtroom" cases, defending the rights of the news media to attend and televise courtroom proceedings. Most notably, Randazza successfully argued this issue against Alan Dershowitz. In that case, Randazza represented Courtroom View Network in its quest to televise a highly publicized trial in Las Vegas involving the Las Vegas Sands.
In 2013, Randazza was instrumental in lobbying the Nevada legislature to update Nevada's Anti-SLAPP statute. This brought Nevada's Anti-SLAPP statute up to date, and in line with California, Oregon, and Washington, thus protecting free speech in Nevada to the same extent it is protected in the West Coast states.
Selected legal commentary in the mass media
|September 30, 2006||Violent video games and the First Amendment||Fox News|
|January 16, 2007||Online gambling||CNBC|
|April 10, 2007||Don Imus's Rutgers women's basketball controversy||Fox News Channel|
|June 7, 2007||The f-bomb||Orlando Weekly|
|July 1, 2008||Bauer v. Wikimedia defamation case, and Section 230||WABC New York|
|August 7, 2008||United States vs. Karen Fletcher (2006)||PC World|
|January 15, 2009||Natalie Dylan controversy||Fox News|
|March 3, 2009||The Auto Admit Case||National Public Radio|
|March 11, 2012||It's un-American to silence Rush Limbaugh||CNN|
|July 31, 2012||Chick-fil-A and free speech||CNN|
|* Nonexhaustive list|
- Randazza, Marc. "The Editor". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- American Bar Association (2009). "The Legal Satyricon". ABA Journal. ABA Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- "Marc Randazza". University of Massachusetts Department of Journalism Alumni Spotlight (umass.edu). January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- Randazza, Marc (2002). "Getting to yes with terrorists" (2002 L. REV. M.S.U.-D.C.L. 823). Michigan State University Law Review. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Randazza, Marc (March 2009). "Marc John Randazza (CV)" (PDF). The Legal Satyricon. randazza.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- "Marc Randazza". Bitter Lawyer (bitterlawyer.com). December 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- Porter v. Bowen, 496 F.3d 1009 (9th Cir. 2007)
- Billmann, Jeffrey C. (August 9, 2007). "SLAPP Happy: One man's free speech is another's slander". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Robbins, Mary Alice (August 18, 2008). "Yale Defamation Lawsuit Becomes a Case of Mistaken Identity for Texas Attorney". Texas Lawyer. Law.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Hudson Jr., David L. (August 1, 2008). "3rd Circuit won't create new category of unprotected speech". First Amendment Center. www.firstamendmentcenter.org. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Randazza, Marc (October 2009). "Randazza Attorney CV" (PDF). randazza.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- "Veranda Partners v. Giles (Lawsuit)". Citizen Media Law Project. www.citmedialaw.org. September 10, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- "Internet Solutions v. Marshall". Citizen Media Law Project. www.citmedialaw.org. November 3, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Billman, Jeffrey C. (June 7, 2007). "The F Bomb: A local lawyer teams up with a California porn king to fight for your right to trademark dirty words". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Citizen Media Law Project staff (2009-09-28). "Beck v. Eiland-Hall". Citizen Media Law Project. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Sawyer, Rick (October 1, 2009). "Today in Randazza's Zings: Glenn Beck, Why Do You Hate America?". Bostonist. Gothamist. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Bayard, Sam (November 6, 2009). "Glenn Beck's UDRP Complaint Gets The Smack Down". Citizen Media Law Project (www.citmedialaw.org). Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- Green, Steve (December 13, 2011). "Can Righthaven survive latest legal blow?". Las Vegas Sun (www.lasvegassun.com). Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Bright, Arthur (March 15, 2012). "Righthaven is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker!". Citizen Media Law Project (www.citmedialaw.org). Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Righthaven v. Hoehn" (PDF).
- "Take Down "David Blade, Attorney at Law" and Isanybodydown.com — Who’s with me?". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- Johnson, Bob (4 Apr 2013). "Adult Industry Attorney Marc Randazza Bests Dershowitz, Wins Right to Broadcast Trial". XBiz NewsWire. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Hermes, Jeff (June 28, 2013). "Congratulations to Nevada on its New and Improved Anti-SLAPP Law!". Digital Media Law. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- Totten, Kristy (July 3, 2013). "Free speech just got freer in Nevada". Las Vegas Citylife. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- Randazza, Marc (November 1, 2006). "Violent Video Games". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Rovell, Darren (April 14, 2007). "Nail in the Coffin". On the Money (CNBC).
- "Imus under fire for making racially charged remarks". Fox Friends (Fox News Channel). April 11, 2007.
- Ashbrook, Tom (March 3, 2009). "Cyber Harassment and the Law". On Point Radio. WBUR. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Gross, Grant (August 7, 2008). "Woman Sentenced for Web Site with 'Obscene' Stories". PC World (PC World Communications, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Abrams, Joseph (January 15, 2009). "22-Year-Old Sells Virginity Online -- and Feds Can't do a Thing to Stop Her". Fox News Channel (Fox News Network, LLC.). Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Randazza, Marc. "It's un-American to silence Rush Limbaugh". CNN. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Randazza, Marc. "Chick-fil-A and free speech". CNN. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Randazza, Marc. "Selected Prior Media Appearances (non exhaustive)". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
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