Tom Clyde represents print, television, internet and communications companies in an array of litigation in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on defending lawsuits challenging First Amendment protected speech. He has extensive experience in defending publishers and broadcasters against claims alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and newsgathering misconduct. He also represents numerous internet-based publishers, in connection with issues arising from blogging, anonymous speech, citizen journalism, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, user generated content, and electronic eavesdropping issues.
In addition to his in-court representation, Tom regularly vets content prior to its publication, including print and television news content, fiction and non-fiction books, and controversial internet speech. Tom is part of a team of attorneys that provides around the clock prepublication and prebroadcast counseling on content issues, including responding to threats of litigation. He has extensive expertise counseling clients on laws relating to the use of hidden cameras and other related newsgathering techniques.
Tom routinely represents clients seeking access to government records and proceedings. He has successfully litigated numerous actions under the Georgia Open Records Act, the Georgia Open Meetings Act, and the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. He also regularly represents clients seeking to unseal court records and to obtain permission to televise court proceedings.