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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Libel applies to bloggers as well

Here's an example that real world laws do apply to cyberspace and can be enforced, with a blogger losing a defamation case. Issues of jurisdiction in cases like these still remain to be solved, but no doubt ways to work those matters out will evolve in the years to come.

I feel as strongly for freedom of speech as I do for all individual freedoms. But for those freedoms to mean anything, they have be accompanied by the caveat that they can't infringe on the freedoms of others, or cause material harm to others. I don't think that there is anything for bloggers to be worried about by such cases: the truth is an absolute defence in cases of libel, and as long as you have that on your side, keep on blogging freely.
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