Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Hurrah. The court says you can't be trusted!

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.

The ruling effectively differentiates individuals from the conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, in that there is an assumption that the media checks their facts.

This, of course, does not mean that I'm not right, or that mainstream sources of news are somehow more right than I am. It just means I'm off the hook. I can say whatever I want to say, so long as I link to someone else who can be blamed for it. ;->

*addendum* - I'm lifting this cartoon from Spoonbender's post in Reverse Cowgirl's weblog, as it seems kind of an appropriate one to sum up the weblogging phenomena.


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