Your Posts Here May Not Be As Anonymous As You Think

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    According to an article in this morning's L.A. Times, lawsuits against Internet flamers are on the increase.

    Some postings have even led to criminal charges being filed:

    Be careful what you say:

    Web sites themselves are generally (but not always) exempt - but don't think you can defame and remain anonymous:

    This latter point is the main one. It is all right to express an opinion, even a nasty one, such as "he's a jerk" or "she's a nut case." But presenting false information as fact, such as "he's an incompetent doctor," or "you're a prostitute," crosses the line and can subject the author to personal liability.

    Here's the entire article. I recommend reading it all the way through:

    Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits - latimes.com

    "The first thing people need to realize, they can be held accountable for what they say online," Baron said. "Before you speak ill of anyone online, you should think hard before pressing the 'send' button."

    I would venture to say that more than a couple of posts on this very board would be actionable. A word to the wise.
     
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    I never thought comments made here were anonymous. Unless a poster here is taking extraordinary measures, it would not be at all difficult to find them.
     
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    True, but that's only half of the point of the OP. The other half speaks to the kind of trouble you (anonymous or not) can get into by posting recklessly.
     
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    Yeah, it is something to be cognizant of, that's for sure. I think it is pretty weak to go after someone for a post on a board like this unless you can demonstrate a real harm (or a strong likelihood of one), but it can happen. I tend not to favor liability for speech alone, though.
     
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    PUI

    Posting Under Influence.
    It is pretty much all monitored folks and has autoamted filters that look for certain words and phrases to flag for attention.


    The new job market for the 21'st century.. Net cops.
     
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    You fucking, lying, faggot-loving prostitute! ;)
     
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    Isn't it different, though, when you are calling an anonymous poster a name?

    For instance say a poster named CornBoar called a poster named Cornelius a pedohpile, it would only matter if the true identity of Cornelius was known.

    :eusa_eh:
     
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    Who loves faggots????
     
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    My defense in court will be "But I posted a winking smiley judge!"
     
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    So ... if I say something like ....

    George Costanza wasn't in the pool! He really does have a small penis!

    I could get in trouble for that?

    Grin.
     
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