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Posted 7 months ago in Internet Law Social Networks by Sylvia Hsieh  
Courtney Love Digs Herself a Hole Over Social Media Rants

Courtney Love has once again been sued for defamation for her rants on social media. This is the third time Love’s overactive mouth has been the subject of a defamation lawsuit. Three years ago, fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, aka “The Boudoir Queen,” accused Love of making false statements about her on Twitter and MySpace. The gist of the posts was that Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a criminal history who had lost custody of her own child. Love settled …

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Texas May Compel Google to Give Up Blogger

The Texas Supreme Court said Aug. 23 that it will hear oral argument over whether Google must give up the identity of a blogger who anonymously criticized a company that may be his employer. The company wants to sue the blogger for defamation.   Years of Anonymous Blogging After The Reynolds and Reynolds Co., which creates computer systems for car retailers, was acquired by another company in 2006, it lost customers, laid off employees and suffered low employee morale. An …

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Rapper’s Instagram Rant Against Babysitter Brings Lawsuit

After rapper “The Game” posted a photo of and a rant about his children’s former babysitter, she is fighting back with a defamation lawsuit against him.   Babysitter to the Stars Karen Monroe is a babysitter to the stars in Los Angeles, and The Game (birth name Jayceon Taylor) employed her up until last year to care for his three children. According to his Instagram rant, reported here, he dismissed her for “lying, stealing, screaming at [his] kids, mistreating others …

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Posted 9 months ago in Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
Wikipedia Fertile Ground for Libel

The beauty of Wikipedia is that anybody can edit the online encyclopedia’s pages. The danger of Wikipedia is the same. By crowd-sourcing its editing functions, the website subjects the accuracy of its content to the scrutiny of the masses. Unfortunately that means that those with more nefarious motives are also free to change pages to their hearts’ content, at least until someone else comes along and fixes them. What happens when somebody deliberately posts defamatory information libeling somebody else’s good …

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Shirley Sherrod’s Defamation Lawsuit Gets Green Light

A federal appeals court has declined to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod against a conservative political blogger. If the case proceeds to trial, it could lead to a landmark ruling on bloggers’ rights and responsibilities. Sherrod was thrust into national headlines in 2010 when conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart published a video excerpt of Sherrod speaking at an NAACP event. In the clip, Sherrod described her reluctance to assist an impoverished white farmer. Breitbart …

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