Are you liable for the comments other people post on your blog? That’s the question at hand..
The issue has come up previously in regards to Internet Forums (Bulletin Boards) and Newsgroups (including those stored on-line like Dejanews – now Google Groups).
Someone is being sued for the comments SOMEONE ELSE made on his blog..
Aaron is being sued over comments left on his blog by his readers about a notoriously unsavoury company called Traffic Power, or 1p. Within the Search industry, these people are regarded as the lowest of the low, and if you dig through some of those Search results, or the links at the bottom of this post, you’ll find all the gory details. Suffice to say, they are considered theives and villains by the overwhelming majority of the Search Marketing community.
Full story is here: NOTICE! YOU HAVE BEEN SUED
There have been a lot of suings going on over Internet and newsgroups post by the Scientology folks aswell, they are a very aggressive organisation.
Activist Keith Henson was sued for posting a portion of Scientology’s writings to the Internet. Henson defended himself in court without a lawyer, while at the same time he carried out protests and pickets against Scientology. The court found that Henson had committed copyright infringement, though the damage award against Henson was immense: $150,000
I actually almost got sued before for posting libelous information about a company of spammers on a very high traffic website I happened to own, and posting some stupid things on Usenet too, I was kind of pissed.
Be very careful what you write online.
Yahoo was sued before for content posted by others on it’s message boards too.Yahoo Sued over Message Board Posts
An attorney has sued Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Latest News about Yahoo, charging the portal didn’t do enough to help him stop personal attacks against him on its message boards. He hopes to make the suit a class action.
I’ll be following this story, and I recommend you do to.