Court Protects The Host

The New York Times reports on good news for all who operate message boards and/or blogs that allow discussion.

The California Supreme Court said yesterday that Internet publishers could not be held liable if they posted defamatory comments written by others.
The court, in a unanimous decision, said those claiming defamation could sue only the original source of the comments, not publishers or distributors, even if the distributor was an individual. Internet users are protected by the same 1996 Communications Decency Act that grants immunity against defamation claims to publishers in most circumstances, the court said, overturning a San Francisco appeals court.

While 99% of all commentary on AdPulp is perfectly civil, it’s good to know we’re not responsible for what other people say.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.