Tuesday, November 21, 2006

California Supreme Court Protects Bloggers from Libel Laws

This is a fairly important decision for vigorous free speech online in blogs, bulletin boards, newsgroups and other websites:
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that bloggers and participants in Internet bulletin board groups cannot be sued for posting defamatory statements made by others.

In deciding a case closely watched by free speech groups, the court said a federal law gives immunity from libel suits not only to Internet service providers, like AOL, but also to bloggers and other users of their services.

"Subjecting Internet service providers and users to defamation liability would tend to chill online speech," today's unanimous ruling said.
Read the decision here and read more about it here.

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