UC Law SF Communications and Entertainment Journal


Sandra Davidson


This Article explores application of negligence law to media that expose others to a foreseeable risk of bodily harm or death. Negligence suits are an increasing risk to the media. Several such cases are winding through the judicial system. Braun v. Soldier of Fortune and Hyde v. City of Columbia stand as precedents for media liability.

Besides surveying negligence cases brought against media, this Article explores the related areas of strict liability and incitement, which have not yet resulted in media liability. It also discusses the availability of bomb recipes on the Internet and asks whether increased dangers to physical safety are endangering freedom of expression.