Internet blogs are online diaries, where the publisher can write and update headlines, news, commentaries, or personal thoughts about any range of topics. Internet blogs are sometimes referred to as Weblogs or Web Logs.
If you create an Internet blog, you have the same First Amendment protections of free speech as a publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or book. One court has made the analogy between Internet blog creators and personal newspaper publishers.
The most obvious is defamation liability. Generally, if you create an Internet blog you may be liable under the following circumstanes:
The First Amendment does not protect against defamatory speech.
Some states also have criminal laws that punish Internet publishers if their blog:
If you are involved in a civil dispute regarding an Internet blog or are charged with a crime relating to the content of your Internet blog, it is highly recommended for you to find an civil or criminal attorney. Only they will be able to fully explain the issues and help protect your rights. LegalMatch believes free speech is essential to our democratic form of government. To further the cause of Free Speech, LegalMatch will agree to defend any blogger who displays the LegalMatch "Free Speech" icon - read more about how to protect your right to free speech.
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