Litigation is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage - Ambrose Bierce, allegedly
According to the LA Times, Justice Carol Corrigan admitted that the prospect of blanket immunity for those who intentionally redistribute defamatory statements on the Internet has disturbing implications.
However immunity "serves to protect online freedom of expression and to encourage self-regulation", she said.
On one hand the law will protect those like San Diego resident Ilena Rosenthal who was sued for putting a defamatory article on her web site which was written by someone else.
But it also has implications in other areas. If a person wants to defame someone all they need to do is get someone else, preferably anonymous to do it for them.
It also gives Internet Service Providers and news group owners their first get out of jail free card. They can no longer be held responsible for defamation on their servers or news groups.
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