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Chill This!

With threats of legal action, it’s quite fortuitous that the California courts have recently ruled on the issue of defamation on the internet.


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…

Other articles in the SF Chronicle and by Reuters, and the entire ruling.


  1. If John McCain gets his way (yeah right) this blog could be in big trouble!

    Comment by Dan W. — December 13, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

  2. Hi Lauren!

    I was reading the LA Times at the gym today, and I noticed an article about “cyber-bullies.” The headline is “Abuse, threats quiet bloggers’ keyboards.” Here is the link:,1,5007247.story

    Thanks for sticking by this blog despite some of the cyber and legal bullying that you and others have faced!

    Michael Kusiak

    Comment by Michael Kusiak — March 31, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

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