Can bloggers be sued for their users’ comments?

The suit, launched by Sharman Networks’ Nikki Hemming, has attracted considerable international attention because of the parties involved – Sharman Networks is the Australian-based owner of Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file sharing service that last week agreed to pay the entertainment industry $100m (£53m) to settle ongoing litigation.

It also highlights the vulnerability of thousands of individuals to defamation lawsuits merely for providing access to other people’s comments. …Even individual bloggers who permit comments face the prospect of demands to remove content that is alleged to violate the law.

Read Free speech, libel and the internet age from BBC Technology News

UPDATE: Bloggers face an increase in libel suits from Ars


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