Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits!


On Monday, Yo! Venice! pal and head of the Venice Neighborhood Council Linda Lucks sent us an informative link from the LATimes titled “Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits”.

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From the LATimes:

The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits.

“It was probably inevitable, but we have seen a steady growth in litigation over content on the Internet,” said Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.

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Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously.

Some postings have even led to criminal charges.

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