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Watch what you say

Old Sep 14, 98, 9:39 am
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Watch what you say

Don't want to make anyone paranoid, but I came across this article at http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/ctd427.htm. Here is an exert:

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In May, somebody using the name ''Orangemuscat'' declared on the
Yahoo! online message board that Itex's ''current management is blind,
stupid and incompetent.''

The lawsuit charges the author of the message with defaming the
company and its president, undermining the confidence of Itex's
investors, customers and barter exchange members.
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I always thought that opinions were protected as free speech?

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Old Sep 14, 98, 11:05 am
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I'm not a lawyer, and I don't necessarily want to get into what is sladerous and what isn't, but the statement of the person being sued in this case I can certainly understand as being slanderous.

Slander is, and rightfully so, something that you can be sued for. If this Orangecrust provides some evidence that his assertion that the managment of a company was blind, stupid, and incompetent, he will win.

It just goes to show that you can not just run around saying things about other people without possible reprucussions.
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Old Sep 14, 98, 12:05 pm
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This is good advice, and indirectly related
to this chat board.

I think we are mature enough not to defame
anyone (occassionally we may joke among each
other, but that's ok...a nd I needed the ice
cream humor last week!)

But if you are ready to express an opinion
be ready to back it up!!!! I'm careful in my
newswriting to attribute and credit!!! and
even here on FLYERTALK!!! CATMAN
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Old Sep 14, 98, 3:08 pm
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In case anyone is interested -

Regarding the posting of false or defamatory statements, I found this site:

http://www.cyberlibel.com
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