Libel and Blogging

You've probably read how emotional some bloggers or online journal writers can get. Sometimes, their fiery rants can get them into legal trouble. Or can they? (I am not a lawyer.)

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Bloggers Gain Libel Protection (June 30, 2003)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can't be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers.

Online free speech advocates praised the decision as a victory. The ruling effectively differentiates conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, from certain forms of online communication such as moderated e-mail lists. One implication is that DIY publishers like bloggers cannot be sued as easily.

But don't get too excited. Think of the time and money you'll have to spend just in case someone decides to take you to court. Sometimes, getting a "bigfoot" letter from some lawyers can make you view things from a different perspective.

Anyway, on with the show! ;-)

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[ First posted on 03/24/2004 by Manuel Viloria ]

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