What Does Free Have to Do With Internet Etiquette?

During my daily read of the LA Times I came across this article that discusses how what you say on the internet can be used against you. Yes, you can get sued for slander and all kinds of other things – free speech or not. Take a look at the article below.

Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits

A false sense of Internet security can mean legal quagmires for critics who are careless about facts.

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington BureauAugust 23, 2010

Reporting from Washington —

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.

“It was probably inevitable, but we have seen a steady growth in litigation over content on the Internet,” said Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.

Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously.

Some postings have even led to criminal charges.

If you are like me, opinionated, please click here to read the full article.

During my Big Island vacation I recorded a video in which I address that very issue – good internet etiquette by the example of the “Should I work for free” discussion. I know by now you are all tired of this  discussion but perhaps  just listening to the part about what you should do and what you should never do when you are contributing in cyberspace is worth watching.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tkUJBCRyGE[/youtube]

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