|Unprotected Speech on the Web
|Yesterday was quite a day for the site. If you didn't know, Jason was called out on a "leak" site in a pretty appalling manner.|
Jealousy? Maybe. Indecent? Pretty much so.
While libel, slander and defamation laws in print are pretty set in stone (New York Times v. Sullivan), the Web is a shady area.
I direct you to this find on Google when searching about "cyberdefamation," as it has been deemed.
Many of the quotes from cases in the Introduction are grand arguments, especially the fact that the Internet is an open forum where one can easily defend themselves.
But it is the cases and newer precedents here that open up on what happened yesterday.
See, the Internet is one uncontrollable marketplace of ideas and tangible, yet digital, property. As consumers, we have used sites, such as this and Strike Gently, to piss, moan, defame and often times praise the people, places and things that make up our all too common existence -- it's only the details that separate us.
Under publication laws, Strike Gently might be in trouble, but here on the Web, they could have said something even more deplorable by contemporary standards -- and we all know the bar of deplorable action has been set low since the Twilight franchise has come upon us.
Wonder why sites like FailBlog, FML and Textsfromlastnight do well? We love controversy and drama, and the Internet has opened soapboxes for everyone of us. So sit back and spectate, but if you open your mouth, you may have to settle out of court, and on the Web.
Seriously....how has this site not gotten in trouble yet? Makes me wonder if certain publicists and managements are allowing the power of a three day leak...I'd like to know if this IS happening.
|Tags: Internet, Law, Defamation, Strike Gently