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Hypergene MediaBlog » Can a Blogger Be Sued for Libel?

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Tuesday, 15 Feb 2005

Can a Blogger Be Sued for Libel?

PR blogger Jeremy Pepper interviewed David E. McCraw, Counsel for The New York Times Co., on the potential libel liability for bloggers. There are some interesting insights here:

"There are three interesting set of legal issues for bloggers: Republisher liability, originator liability and protection against subpoenas.”

“...many bloggers think that their blogs fall under the protection of the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling. This isn’t so. If a blogger posts libelous content that is original, it is still libel.

“Do bloggers deserve the same protection as journalists? On one side, it obvious that bloggers are journalists, and on the other side, people are just having private conversations. Bloggers are trying to sit on both sides of the fence - citizen journalists and personal journals. They want the protection of shield law as a journalist, but at the same time not worry about fact checking since it is just a blog."

— via Micro Persuasion

Posted on Feb 15, 2005 | 6:48 am EST
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