You Own What You Write - Right!

#4
I don't think absolute privilege should (does?) extend to the reporting of everything said in a court as if it were fact. We can't know if the jury/magistrates accepted any particular evidence as fact so it's still incumbent on the publisher to take responsibility for what they publish themselves.

Privilege only exists in acknowledgment of the fact that not everything said in a court of law is bound to be true. It is intended to allow people to say what they believe in court to serve the purpose of justice, it shouldn't impinge on rights and responsibilities outside of a courtroom.

As far as t'interweb forum libel goes, you can accept what someone scribbles in good faith but as soon as you are given reason to question its veracity you become responsible for deciding if it should remain in the public domain.
 

Latest Threads