Savage, David G. “Blogger Beware: Postings Can Lead to Lawsuits.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
When you think about blogging lawsuits, you tend to think of fair trade law violations and suing over stolen property. I did too! This article brings to light the other end of the blogosphere lawsuits: defamation over the internet. Because of the way the internet has grown, laws had to be created to deal with issues such as those some bloggers are facing now. Many people tend to think that because they are behind a screen, they are safe from any sort of prosecution, but that is far from the truth. It’s incredibly easy to track IP addresses of someone posting malicious and defamatory statements online about people or businesses. Though we as individuals have the right of free speech, it is considered illegal to defame and wrongly state information online- which I think a lot of people forget. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen really vulgar and misinformed information about business practices to either get a rise out of the company or to just “share their opinion” but it is possible to be sued for that kind of post.
I thought this was really interesting because I had not been expecting this kind of thing to show up in my search for blogging lawsuits.