Site News: I’ve been dealing with a restless attorney regarding two comments some of you wrote, so figured I’d Just post some of my rights as a blogger.

logo_full“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 U.S.C. § 230).

“This legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host classified ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of Internet users. Given the sheer size of user-generated websites (for example, Facebook alone has more than 1 billion users, and YouTube users upload 100 hours of video every minute), it would be infeasible for online intermediaries to prevent objectionable content from cropping up on their site. Rather than face potential liability for their users’ actions, most would likely not host any user content at all or would need to protect themselves by being actively engaged in censoring what we say, what we see, and what we do online. In short, CDA 230 is perhaps the most influential law to protect the kind of innovation that has allowed the Internet to thrive since 1996. [LINK]

CDA 230 also offers its legal shield to bloggers who act as intermediaries by hosting comments on their blogs. Under the law, bloggers are not liable for comments left by readers, the work of guest bloggers, tips sent via email, or information received through RSS feeds. This legal protection can still hold even if a blogger is aware of the objectionable content or makes editorial judgments. [LINK] “

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22 thoughts on “Site News: I’ve been dealing with a restless attorney regarding two comments some of you wrote, so figured I’d Just post some of my rights as a blogger.”

  1. Anthony, I’m sorry you are having these troubles. Your moderating of this blog is excellent and very permissive of all viewpoints, and I’d hate to see that change.

    I haven’t read any personal attacks of private people and I hope nobody ruins this venue by posting those here.

    You keep it up Anthony. And hope all those Google Adsense revenues keep you and your attorneys basking in the Good Life.

  2. Rather than respond to valid criticism or debunk invalid criticism some arrogant clown attempts to get his lawyers to bully you. Thank you for providing this valuable forum Anthony. You have our support even as you clearly are legally protection from this effort to censor your blog and abridge your free speech. Maybe the guy who is sick ing his lawyers on you ought to consider the ramifications of his identity being revealed. I don’t think it will play well for him.

  3. You are awesome. You do an amazing job of moderating the insanity. Small little men who are losing their power fight back in small little ways. Truth will prevail. Little men will get wiped to the side. *i have many people in mind when I write of little men so don’t take it personally lawsuit guy.

  4. Thanks for the link. In my case, the attorney is complaining about MULTIPLE comments from what appears to be MULTIPLE PEOPLE regarding his public figure client. Multiple, can you believe t? and they want to pursue this? That means multiple people have the same opinion about his public figure client. Judge will throw this out right away. I personally believe I am being bullied. I haven’t been served yet. Just found out somebody got served a motion for discovery.

    What you posted is interesting. I’m not an attorney, but my attorney is really good. I’m collecting so much stuff for my muliti-counter suit, if it goes that far. I have always expressed Seabythecity as a personal blog/hobby about Long Beach. This frivolous matter is effecting me. my hobby and my family life. Especially since my wife was harassed via telephone the moment this matter all happened. Oh yeah, I am not backing down here. I plan on seeking damages. That is my official statement.

  5. I know I have done nothing wrong, but this is seriously effecting me and my family. My wife, who has been harassed and also bullied from this matter, wants me to pull the plug. Part of me wants to just end this hobby. Seven years running this… I just can’t take it anymore. I want to enjoy life again.

  6. thanks. and just to be clear, I am not being sued (yet…) there are no grounds to sue me. I am protected under the first amendment for all the comments you all write on the blog (read this post)

    “CDA 230 also offers its legal shield to bloggers who act as intermediaries by hosting comments on their blogs. Under the law, bloggers are not liable for comments left by readers, the work of guest bloggers, tips sent via email, or information received through RSS feeds. This legal protection can still hold even if a blogger is aware of the objectionable content or makes editorial judgments.“

    If they are suing me for that, I will demand to see a judge right away.

    But yes Jay, I believe it’s a pre-action motion for discovery.

  7. If you feel it is affecting your life then could you imagine what toll it is taking on the person who is being wrongfully accused?

    So while one person is being dragged through a horrendous process with zero knowledge of what the heck they are doing there in the first place, someone else is out there with no idea what they just did.

    Or, perhaps they do.

  8. CDA 230 is a shield in a way that I am not liable for the actual comments. It basically protects what the entire internet is based on. If that was not the case, nobody would have a website ever with user generated content.

    Think Amazon.com reviews, Yelp reviews, Newsday comments.

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