Linked by David Adams on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:19 UTC, submitted by fran
Legal Britain's Attorney General has said that website owners should be made legally responsible for comments made by visitors. According to a report on Out-law.com, Dominic Grieve told members of the Criminal Bar Association that the spiralling number of internet news web sites meant it was becoming more and more difficult for courts to ensure that trials were fair, and that juries were not exposed to material that could prejudice a hearing.
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RE: Comment by motang
by flanque on Tue 19th Oct 2010 01:13 UTC in reply to "Comment by motang"
flanque
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2005-12-15

Are we sure about this? If someone says something defamatory at some other public speaking opportunity we could consider legal action.

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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by phoenix on Tue 19th Oct 2010 04:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
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2005-07-11

Against the person making the comments, not the person holding the event.

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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by another_sam on Tue 19th Oct 2010 17:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
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2009-08-19

i can't even understand how this can be questioned. I take a spray and I write/draw offending content on the blind of a shop and it is the shop owner who has to affront legal consequences?

I think with websites the approach is the same: if they have enough resources to erase offending user-generated content that, furthermore, has been found by others, ok: they rather should erase it. otherwise, not only is potentially unfeasible (nice oxymoron or something here), but deeply unfair.

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