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Delaware Supremes extend anonymous speech protections to bloggers

The Delaware Supreme Court has extended First Amendment protections of anonymous free speech to include bloggers. Writes Bob Ambrogi of John Doe No. 1 v. Cahill,

"The Delaware Supreme Court yesterday handed down an important ruling that protects anonymous bloggers from attempts to unmask them through libel lawsuits. This is the first ruling by a state supreme court on this matter. The court said that, if an elected official claims he has been defamed by an anonymous posting on a blog, he cannot use a lawsuit to unmask the writer unless he has substantial evidence to support his claim."

Ambrogi includes links to the opinion, the NYTimes coverage and a news release by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Posted by Product Team on October 7, 2005 at 01:38 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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