[thelist] re: avoiding getting sued

Robert Gormley robert at pennyonthesidewalk.com
Mon Nov 1 06:49:58 CST 2004

> under U.S. law you are better off if you don't review postings.  I
> don't know what the U.K. legal situation would be but if I were in
> your position I would make sure I personally reviewed every posting
> and if in any doubt at all as to the defamatory nature of the posting,
> I would not publish it.  Note: If the posting is TRUE you cannot be
> held liable no matter how defamatory it may appear - but you would
> have the burden of proving it is true.

Ahhh, the joy of international law: your note about truth is not entirely
accurate. Several Australian states hold that "a statement has to be true
and in the public interest -- if what you said was true but not considered
by the court to be in the public interest, you can be successfully sued for


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