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(Fwd) USA - Net libel suit raises free speech issues

(From QuickLinks 55- 21 March 1998)

USA - Net libel suit raises free speech issues

During a typically passionate discussion on the Net, Stacy McCahan
called someone a liar--and to her surprise, she was slapped with a
$5,000 libel lawsuit. Legal experts say the case is not the first
lawsuit to address online libel, and it won't be the last. But it does
cement a growing realization by Net users who are accustomed to shooting
from the hip: what they say in chat rooms, email, or on Web sites is not
exempt from the laws of the offline world.  

Harald Mueller

Max-Planck-Institut fuer Auslaendisches Oeffentliches Recht 
und Voelkerrecht / Bibliothek
MPI for Comparative and Public International Law / Library

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535  D-69120 Heidelberg  Germany
Harald.Mueller _at__ MPIV-HD.mpg.de // privat: haraldmue _at__ metronet.de
Phone: +49 6221 482-219    Fax:   +49 6221 482-593

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