Limited Litigation in the Blogosphere
Cathy Kirkman blogs about the state of libel litigation in the blogosphere, linking to a recent essay titled "Libel in the Blogsphere: Some Preliminary Thoughts" by uberblogger Glenn Reynolds. Kirkman writes that the paper posits two main reasons for a lack of online libel litigation:
(1) Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which immunizes ISPs and others for publishing third-party comments; and
(2) technological and cultural aspects of the blogosphere, including norms of rapid correction, third-party substantiation, and hostility to legal threats in the form of public exposure and criticism.
Of course, we're still in the early days of blogging, the initial honeymoon phase. For me, the jury's still out on what happens when this initial infatuation wears off.
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 24, 2006 at 04:55 PM | Permalink
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