Tag Archives: libel

Is a data center liable for defamatory or harassing websites? No.

There are three categories of folks who may have control over a website’s content at any given time.  These are (1) the website owner, (2) the web hosting company, and (3) a data center used by the web hosting company.  The first two are directly related to the content’s storage; a website owner creates and

Reputation: Libel, slander, and the purpose of defamation laws

Techdirt1 has an interesting article discussing reputation as a scarce commodity in reference to the Cooksource fiasco.  Techdirt is right: reputation is a scarce commodity; difficult to build yet easy to destroy.  Cooksource’s editor found this out the hard way. Companies and professionals learn quickly the importance of their reputation and their name.  I recently

Is there a viable argument that Twitter is more like a coffee house conversation than an online publication?

Jacqui Lipton posted a cross-post at the Madisonian and The Faculty Lounge about Twitter and defamation. The following questions were posed: Is there a viable argument that Twitter is more like a coffee house conversation than an online publication?  If so, should this matter for a defamation analysis?  And, if it does, where does one