Libel Suits Can’t be Against Those Who Copy It

California’s Supreme Court recently ruled that internet users such as bloggers and posters on forums can’t be sued for posting defamatory statements that were made by others, according to MSNBC. Previously this immunity had been given to Internet Service Providers, but it has now been extended to individuals.

People who believe that they were defamed on the internet must now seek the original source of the statement, and cannot sue people who copy it.

The court’s ruling was unanimous.

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2 Responses to “Libel Suits Can’t be Against Those Who Copy It”

  1. lightcontrast Says:

    I agree with the court’s ruling. Individuals shouldn’t be blamed for posting information they didn’t know was “defamatory.” I post at a forum and I see statements like that sometime, I couldn’t imagine if anyone was sued for it. I rarely if ever, do I post “defamatory” statements. I may joke a little or use a pun, but nothing seriously damaging.

  2. Agent KGB Says:

    Agreed. People quote statements a lot from other people to discuss them, they shouldn’t be sued for it.

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