Opinions deserve latitude?
If someone wrote that about me in an op-ed piece, I'd take them to court as well. Having an opinion is one thing, but voicing it to just shy of 90,000 people means you should pick your words carefully.
Courtney Love's Twitter broadsides against a fashion designer have earned her a date in a Los Angeles court, Reuters reports. The target of the Hole singer's wrath was Dawn Simorangkir, aka the "Boudoir Queen", who had the temerity to "demand payment for a few thousand dollars worth of clothes". Love was evidently unimpressed …
Have you read what some of the commenters here on The Register say about eachother? Or about the authors? Would comments on here be worthy of a defamation suit as well? What about reprinting those comments in a "stupidest comments of the year" article? What about pointing out someone's comment in an article and laughing at it?
If these are not opinions which are immune from defamation, then you've just ENDED THE INTERNET.
Obligatory XKCD: http://xkcd.com/810/
...will people learn to preface anything potentially libellous with "IMHO" ?
"IMHO, X is a a drug-pushing prostitute"
"IMHO, Y is a drugged-up loser who is only really famous for having a dead husband and is so far up her own backside it's a wonder she hasn't ruptured the space-time continuum yet"
See how I averted having an expensive lawsuit slapped on *me* ?
I guess there are already group Darwin Award contenders -- they all belong (sadly) to the collection of odd cults who beleive that mass poisoning and the like is the best way to god's right hand. It doesn't really do much for continuing that particular line of faith.
Though in the case of Twitterers they can't really be lumped together as a bunch of saddoes as some will be eagerly awaiting the next outburst and trying to work out the legal value of it.
"...the pair will battle it out in court in a case likely to hinge on the First Amendment, and "whether an average Twitter user would interpret Love's vicious tweets as facts rather than merely her opinion".....
We already have UK court action to prove that tweeting makes you a terrorist.
I am spartacus.
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