Federal Court Says Bloggers Not Responsible for Comments
The ACS is reporting that a federal court has reaffirmed both bloggers and forum operators cannot be held liable for comments posts made by their readership in blog comments.
Examining the impact of Sec. 230 on this case, the court noted that “Congress intended that, within broad limits, message board operators would not be held responsible for the postings made by others on that board,” adding that allowing bloggers and message board operators to be sued for the statements of commenters on their sites would have an “obvious chilling effect” on speech. Accordingly, the court dismissed the complaint against Lycos.
This is definitely a victory for the little guy who cannot afford to fight off legal action from large corporations trying to have comments removed from blogs.
This does not mean you can’t be subpoenaed to testify about the person making the comments. You can also be forced to turn over logs revealing the persons identity through email and ip addresses. It wasn’t to long ago that Shoemoney was subpoenaed over blog comments.