<   Prior Home         Share Blog Bloke     Share Blog Bloke Tips       Share to Twitter       Share to Facebook       Share to Twitter       Share to Google Plus       Share to LinkedIn       Pin this       Get Updates            
        Next   >  

Courts are Cracking Down on Bloggers

Stupid Lawyer

The Daily Stinker:

Here we go. Bloggers are now liable for the words that they write. The first ever court case of a blogger being successfully sued for libel has set a precedent that will open the floodgates for even more cases being filed.

Of course, the plaintiff being a lawyer might have had something to do with it (last time that I checked judges are also lawyers, aren’t they).

blogs increasingly are being targeted by those who feel harmed by blog attacks. In the past two years, more than 50 lawsuits stemming from postings on blogs and website message boards have been filed across the nation. The suits have spawned a debate over how the “blogosphere” and its revolutionary impact on speech and publishing might change libel law… Robert Cox, founder and president of the Media Bloggers Association, which has 1,000 members, says the recent wave of lawsuits means that bloggers should bone up on libel law. “It hasn’t happened yet, but soon, there will be a blogger who is successfully sued and who loses his home,” he says. “That will be the shot heard round the blogosphere.”

Crikey! So much for freedom of speech. Now the Blogosphere will become the playground of overpriced lawyers and every Tom, Dick or Asshole that has deep pockets and doesn’t like what you write.

I guess I’d better start editing my old posts (forthwith) and turn off googlebot’s caching privileges. Et Tu Brutus.

But wait a minute! Didn’t a recent court case grant us bloggers the same immunity privileges that our journalist cousins also enjoy? So I can just blame my (misguided) misnomers on my bad sources. Serves them right.

Whew! Ignorance really is bliss. Where’s that Shakespeare guy when you need him?

Filed under: instabloke, blog, blogging, opinion, society, law, legal

Written October 5th, 2006 by | 3 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips

Thanks for Sharing     Share - enable java in your browser Share to Twitter            

Did you enjoy this article? Keep up to date with Blog Bloke Tips the moment it's published by email. Your Privacy is Guaranteed and will not be shared with anyone.

Keep it real with Blog Bloke Thanks for reading the original Blog Bloke. You can read more about me here. Contact me if you have any questions, tip requests or if you would like to be a guest blogger. Keep it real every day and subscribe to the newsfeed, share with friends or follow me.

    Subscribe to the Newsfeed     Share to Twitter     Share to Facebook     Share to Google Plus     Pin this     Share to LinkedIn

Got an opinion? Let's be real and start a conversation:

It's your turn to tell Blog Bloke what you think, ask a question or suggest another blog tip. Don't forget the comments policy and I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say.

There are 3 Comments so far to “Courts are Cracking Down on Bloggers”

  1. Dear Bloke, it’s “Et tu, Brute”. ;-)

    Hmm, maybe someone will now start to peddle libel insurances for us bloggers? I can see the spam already. “Dear Blogger, as you have read in the news, now is the time to secure your financial freedom to write … etc.”

      Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  

  2. LOL Lurker. I was brought up on Brutus. It shan’t be long before we will all have to carry errors and omission insurance.

      Reply   ·   Share Share Blog Bloke Tips  

  3. […] be a cowboy and let anything goes, especially in today’s environment where bloggers are being sued for online […]

Share     Share this article with your friends

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   SUBSCRIBE to Bloke Bloke's Articles (Newsfeed)

Subscribe to Better Blog Tips Newsfeed   Subscribe to only Comments for this Article | TrackBack URL

You can also use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>