Bloggers Gain Libel Protection

Interesting articled in wired about bloggers gaining libel protection and the difference between "selling reliability" what newspapers do, etc, and blogs etc.. which, as the EFF puts it, are just engaging in speech. This is good news for online free-speech, and foreshadows some exciting action.

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.

"One-way news publications have editors and fact-checkers, and they're not just selling information -- they're selling reliability," said Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "But on blogs or e-mail lists, people aren't necessarily selling anything, they're just engaging in speech. That freedom of speech wouldn't exist if you were held liable for every piece of information you cut, paste and forward."

article by xeni in wired



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