Flame away! Bloggers, content providers legally safe from defamation.

Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled…Some of the internet’s biggest names including Google, eBay and Amazon have supported a woman in a US legal battle that may save them from libel cases. The judges said the ruling would protect freedom of expression…Overturning a decision by the San Francisco appeal court, the court ruled that people claiming they were defamed online could now only seek damages from the original author of the comments – and not the website which re-posted it.

Read this article from the BBC Technology News. Previously from WNM: Are bloggers liable for their readers comments?, The legal status of archived, cached web pages and Can bloggers be sued for their users’ comments?

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