Increasingly, online rants proving co...

Increasingly, online rants proving costly

There are 40 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 23, 2010, titled Increasingly, online rants proving costly. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits.

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Mormon Nailer

United States

#1 Aug 23, 2010
WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE!
DONT TREAD ON MY 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OBAMA
MUSLIM USURPER OF THE THRONE, COMMUNIST DICTATOR BORN IN KENYA
WHERES THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
BACHMANN/PALIN 2012
DRILL BABY DRILL
DERP!!
Tell It Like It Is

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Aug 23, 2010
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
Javier

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Aug 23, 2010
Tell It Like It Is wrote:
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
Peoples rights are being stripped and you are defending them. Idiot. Anyone can stand on a street corner with a sandwich board and protest anything they want. People can say anything they want to in public. It should be no different on the internet, and THIS is the first step of censorship of the public's right to an opinion, and thier right to disseminate that opinion. If this is really going to catch on, the left better look out, because they are the ultimate purveyors of hate messages and threats. The democrats with their lies about Emmer will get sued to no end!

And guess whose administration is going to windmill itself. OBAMA's!!!
Jim

Kendall, WI

#4 Aug 23, 2010
Dear Mr. Is:

Thank you for the advice about posting anonymously.

May we call you "Tell"?
Then Reveal YOURself

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Aug 23, 2010
Tell It Like It Is wrote:
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
Actually the Pioneer Press would be sued for libel because they are providing the arena for the comments. Regular posters would likely not be sued because they cannot provide the identity unless a crime has been committed.
Diaz

Cameron, WI

#6 Aug 23, 2010
__________ and __________ are showing what __________s they are by posting __________
about __________ and __________
I hope they get __________d.
hmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 23, 2010
First amendment = freedom of speech yes BUT it doesn't remove the consequences of that speech.
dum dums

Cook, MN

#9 Aug 23, 2010
how can you be hurt by what you read? i mean grow a set will ya.. can i sue an extremely obese person because i say it hurt me to look at them?
ussurf

York, PA

#10 Aug 23, 2010
The constitutional right of the freedom of speech,does not include lies or harrassment.Take Phelps for instance,protesting at a funeral of a fallen soldier,and then claiming he has the freedom to harrass,badger, and humiliate a greiving family,someone has to draw the line somewhere.
If an individual is a private,not public person,they have the right to privacy,in certain places.Their home,place of worship,and funerals are a few sacred places that honor such privacy.
Protesting in sacred places is wrong.
dum dums

Cook, MN

#11 Aug 23, 2010
Tell It Like It Is wrote:
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
if someone ever wants to sue me for what i say, more power to them.
dum dums

Cook, MN

#12 Aug 23, 2010
fire fire fire fire....
Eat the rich Daytons

Monroe, LA

#13 Aug 23, 2010
Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blo...

Well, freedom WAS fun while it LASTED!
I now owe $950 for this reply.

"The power to tax is the power to destroy."

Abbo

Wiseman, AR

#14 Aug 23, 2010
Pretty simple solution, just know the difference between opinions and facts. If you're expressing an opinion about someone, make it clear that's what you're doing, and if you state something as factual, make sure it's true. How much of an ethical challenge is that?

Since: Apr 10

Anytown, USA

#15 Aug 23, 2010
Then Reveal YOURself wrote:
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Actually the Pioneer Press would be sued for libel because they are providing the arena for the comments. Regular posters would likely not be sued because they cannot provide the identity unless a crime has been committed.
Lets look at part of that article again:
"Under federal law, websites generally are not liable for comments posted by outsiders. They can, however, be forced to reveal the poster's identity if the post includes false information presented as fact."

So, that means that the Pioneer Press wouldn't get sued, Topix wouldn't get sued, but if there IS a case for libel, Topix could be required to provide the identity of the poster.
Get a Life

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Aug 23, 2010
Mormon Nailer wrote:
WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE!
DONT TREAD ON MY 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OBAMA
MUSLIM USURPER OF THE THRONE, COMMUNIST DICTATOR BORN IN KENYA
WHERES THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
BACHMANN/PALIN 2012
DRILL BABY DRILL
DERP!!
DUMMY SPEAKING HERE.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Aug 23, 2010
There are several exceptions to the slander law. The first being the truth. Also, you can pretty much say anything you wish to about a public figure as long as it is phrased as an opinion and is not a threat. Keep the word 'allegedly' handy and you're probably ok. (Claims of illegal behavior, i.e. theft by a public official is something I would stay away from). For instance, if someone were to refer to Mark Dayton as a chickenshit nutjob is perfectly legal and not cause for any legal action.

Since: Apr 08

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#19 Aug 23, 2010
Freedom of Speech is in the Constitution. However, with that freedom goes responsibility.
Anonymous

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Aug 23, 2010
The guy being sued for calling the used car dealer's cars "junk" should be able to win that charge since most of the stuff sold by used car dealers is junk. Especially these independent car dealers not associated with a large corporate name/reputation.
What a dope

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Aug 23, 2010
Javier wrote:
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Peoples rights are being stripped and you are defending them. Idiot. Anyone can stand on a street corner with a sandwich board and protest anything they want. People can say anything they want to in public. It should be no different on the internet, and THIS is the first step of censorship of the public's right to an opinion, and thier right to disseminate that opinion. If this is really going to catch on, the left better look out, because they are the ultimate purveyors of hate messages and threats. The democrats with their lies about Emmer will get sued to no end!
And guess whose administration is going to windmill itself. OBAMA's!!!
Your "rights" may end when you spew crap in public and someone whacks your a/s/s for doing it. Just because you have the "right" to say whatever you like in "public", doesn't make it OK to do so. Has nothing to do with politics, although I notice morons like you CONSTANTLY want to make it so. Has every thing to do with common sense and common decency...something you seem to be lacking. I'm not talking about expressing different opinions. I'm talking about the garbage I see posted here. What is so good about some mentally unbalanced idiots being able to post such hate on this site? "First Amendment Rights" were not meant to give everyone carte blanche to say whatever they want. They were meant to allow people to disagree with each other, including the Government, without fear of reprisals. Allot of the crap you see posted on this site is mostly idiots who have no life and just hate the world or want to blame liberals for all the worlds ills, much like yourself. I'm sure our forefathers would agree. BTW, the right spews more hate, especially racist hate, more then any other group. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, buddy!
Abbo

Wiseman, AR

#22 Aug 23, 2010
I wish I could take those who misunderstand the concept of freedom of speech by the ears and FORCE them to read this exerpt from the 1st amendment:

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

It says congress (and by extension that means all levels of government) cannot abridge your freedom of speech. The government and only the government is prevented from doing so. Your boss can abridge your freedom of speech if it has to do with business. So can your spouse. So can I if your standing on my porch and saying something I don't like.

Get it straight for gawd sakes or go back to whatever high school you dropped out of and re-learn it because it's important. Only the government is prohibited from abridging your freedome of speech.

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