November 21, 2006

Victory for Online Free Speech!: Libel Ruling Victory for Online Free Speech! Seems like rcade is standing on firm legal ground after this California Ruling: Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Common sense prevails.

posted by skydivedad to navel gazing at 09:06 PM - 5 comments

I was glad to see that, but I'm concerned that somebody will figure out a way to gut Section 230, which is a pretty huge protection for any site like ours that combines low resources with a desire to support user comments.

posted by rcade at 09:13 AM on November 22, 2006

The courts have been consistent in giving ISPs protection against defamation suits. As far as Congress goes, being on the same side as Google, eBay, and Yahoo is pretty good protection. There doesn't seem to be any indication that Congress is interested in this issue right now.

posted by bperk at 10:24 AM on November 22, 2006

Can anybody give a good reason why Congress would be interested in this subject? Other than it being a "WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!" issue.

posted by NoMich at 10:45 AM on November 22, 2006

Because Yahoo, Google and eBay don't wish to deal with a hodge podge of judicial interpretations of federal law.

posted by bperk at 11:51 AM on November 22, 2006

I was pretty concerned for awhile after reading rcades locker room post especially with the current administrations disregard for Civil Rights. Thank Goodness the CA Court System applied some common sense.

posted by skydivedad at 12:19 PM on November 22, 2006

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