Today’s Offhand Post Could Be Tomorrow’s Federal Case


From the beginning of the social media revolution, it was obvious that the legal system was going to have trouble keeping up. It started when file-sharing sites like Napster trampled on copyright laws on their way to completely changing the way music is sold.
Then, more than a few amateur bloggers — a term some might consider redundant when discussing the early days of social media — discovered that peppering the Web with innuendoes, half truths and outright lies about people they felt had wronged them was a good way to end up on the losing end of a libel suit.

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