Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by Readers

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  1. Bloggers have been buzzing about the lawsuit, swapping links to Mr. Wall’s latest dispatches on the case and worrying about their own liability. Legal analysts said the suit could be a test case for determining what protections bloggers have or don’t have for allegedly defamatory material posted by others. At issue would be the court’s application of the federal Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that, broadly, protects providers of computer services from being held liable for content posted by others.

    In a key decision in 2003, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the operator of a Web site can post material from others without liability for the content. “I think there’s a strong case to be made that [the Decency Act] applies to bloggers,” said Marc S. Martin, a lawyer with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP in Washington, D.C., who specializes in technology law. It “was written very broadly, and the Ninth Circuit interpreted it broadly.” Perception

  2. Thanks a lot for the feedback comments, Jeff, and welcome to elsua. I really appreciate you are providing us here with some further details on the case and sharing your valuable input. I am glad to hear that webloggers may still have a chance of being protected like they deserve and I am hoping as well that all this clears out itself so that we can continue to share information and knowledge with others that would be making the Internet ever so much more useful and close to the end-users. We shall have to keep an eye on how things develop and hope there is some common sense in place in the whole affair. Again appreciated the feedback and welcome aboard !

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