Sunday, November 07, 2004

Blogger Beware 

This article should be obligatory reading for every blogger who thinks he or she can say whatever comes to mind. You can't -- not yet, at least. International libel law is unclear when it comes to the internet and several court cases have only spotlighted how confused it is.

What this tells me is that the vaunted right of free expression in the blogging universe is fiction. If someone takes offense, whether in the US or Russia or outer Mongolia, that person can come after you -- if not the person, the company or the government. That should send a chill down any blogger's spine. The cases cited in the article are old but the effects of the cases are not.

Read the article carefully. You'll be glad that you did.


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