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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Living up to his title, Vermont judge the Honorable David Howard has ruled to release from a libel lawsuit that aimed to hold the site responsible for comments posted by a reader. This is an important affirmation of the special protections put into the law to protect online publishers from being held responsible for audience-contributed material. It’s a wonderful outcome.

My erudite colleagues at the Citizen Media Law Project have explained the legal issues better than I can and co-founder Chris Grotke has a very readable post explaining the case to readers.

So, if you have a site where people comment or submit material, be grateful, do not be intimidated and make sure you know your rights.

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  1. Tahoe Journalism » Protecting conversation

    March 25, 2008 @ 1:33 pm


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