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High Court: Online article with only four visits not libel

A libel action over an article that appeared on the website of a South African magazine has been dismissed by a court in England. Evidence suggested that the article had received only four visits from the UK in a two month period. Describing the claim as being "totally without merit," Mr Justice Tugendhat said the claimants …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Nov 2009
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Commentard to lose mask for teasing politico's son

A suburban Illinois politician will be told the name of a man who allegedly made disparaging remarks about her teenaged son on a newspaper website's comment section, a local judge has ruled. During a bitterly contested election in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, an online flamewar erupted on the website of the local rag, the Daily …
Austin Modine, 12 Nov 2009
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Proposed change in libel law may shield websites

The Government could scrap a part of defamation law that makes newspapers liable many times for material in a single article. The Government may prevent people suing every time a web page 'publishes' an article. Defamation law currently states that someone has the right to sue every time defamatory material is published. This …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Sep 2009
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Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet

Pop quiz. You find a disparaging post about your company on Twitter that's written by a client who's followed by a mere 20 people. You fear the offhand remark about the poor quality of your service could harm your company's reputation. What's the absolute worst way to make it go away? Do you: A) ignore it. B) remedy the …
Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2009
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Google not liable for defamatory search snippets

Google is not the publisher of defamatory words that appear in its search results, the High Court ruled yesterday. Even when Google had been told that its results contained libellous words, it was not liable as a publisher, said Mr Justice Eady. The search giant's US and UK operations were sued in England by a London-based …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jul 2009
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Olympic champ's mom sues Google for dead blogger's post

The mother of US Olympic speedskating phenomenon Shani Davis is suing Google for refusing to remove a posting to its Blogspot site that was made by a user who has since died. It's questionable how far the lawsuit, filed last week in Illinois state court on behalf of Cherie Davis, is likely to get. Legal scholars say the …
Dan Goodin, 15 Apr 2009
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Google on trial over Italian 'defamation' vid

The Privacy Trial of the Century is already waving jail time at three current Google execs and its former chief financial officer. And now there's an added complaint against the company itself. In September 2006, someone posted a three-minute cell-phone video to Google's Italian website in which four Turin teenagers make fun …
Cade Metz, 4 Feb 2009
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Blogger can't sue over comment, rules High Court

A man who was criticised in the comments section of his own blog cannot sue for defamation because he did not delete the comment when he discovered it, the High Court has said. The Court said that the man consented to the comment's publication. Christopher Carrie is the author of a self-published book in which he claims to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2009
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Vogue model sues Google over 'defamatory' blog

Canadian model Liskula Cohen is demanding Google reveal the identity of the user whose Skanks in NYC blog is entirely dedicated to calling her a "skank", an "old hag" and other flattering descriptions. Grab of blog describing Liskula Cohen as Mr. Ed's wife Mrs. Ed According to the New York Daily News, 36-year-old …
Lester Haines, 7 Jan 2009
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Craiglist rant man on criminal libel rap

A Colorado man who allegedly made anonymous postings on a Craigslist forum attacking his former girlfriend faces two criminal libel raps with a maximum tariff of 18 months' jail, the Los Angeles Times reports. J.P. Weichel, 40, was locked in a custody dispute with his ex-partner over their daughter when he "vented" on the " …
Lester Haines, 5 Dec 2008
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Man threatens lawsuit after negative eBay feedback

An eBay shopper may face libel charges after posting negative feedback about a seller on the auction site. Chris Read, a 42-year-old mechanic from Kent, wasn't satisfied with the Samsung phone he purchased on eBay, reports the Daily Telegraph. For one thing, it wasn't the right phone. It was also described to be in "good" …
Austin Modine, 24 Oct 2008
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Porn, abuse, depravity - and how they plan to stop it

Policing the Internet Contrary to popular belief, the government and police forces have hitherto not exerted a great deal of direct control over content. But, after a decade of growth in self-regulation and filtering by the industry to avoid government intervention, that may be about to change. Current UK law on content is a mish-mash. The first …
Jane Fae , 9 Oct 2008
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Reader comments bigger legal risk than forums

Media sites which ask readers to comment on news stories are at greater risk of bearing responsibility for those comments than for comments in online forums or discussion groups, leading web moderators have warned. Though there are few verdicts to help lawyers and site moderators come up with hard and fast rules, it is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2008
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Gordo returns to website in crisis

The Prime Minister has returned from his holiday to find his £100,000 blog, which launched last week is taking a bit of a shoeing in the press. Downing Street has learned that running a high tech, interactive, multimedia Nu Meeja operation* isn't as easy as El Reg makes it look. First, there's been a round of open sourcey …
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Google slapped with libel claim

Google links to more than 11.5bn web pages - and it's responsible for the content posted to every single one them. At least, Brian Retkin thinks so. The 48-year-old Londoner has filed a defamation action against the American search giant, claiming that Google refuses to remove links to sites that libel his company, dotWORLDS. …
Cade Metz, 2 Jul 2007
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Website immunity spreads with impunity

Silicon Justice February has been a banner month for website immunity in the US., Google, Microsoft and Lycos have all benefited from decisions entered in the latter part of the month which confirmed or adopted the broad grant of immunity that many US courts have extended to operators of "interactive computer services" under …
Kevin Fayle, 28 Feb 2007

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