Yes, Believe It Or Not, Libel Online Falls Under The Same Laws As Libel On Paper
from the is-it-that-hard-to-figure-out? dept
This is one of those legal decisions that’s apparently being hailed as “important,” but which could just as easily be described as a no brainer. A U.S District Court in Texas has ruled that libel laws face the same statute of limitations online as they do offline. This seems like it should be obvious, but one company apparently felt that the rules should be extended since the content “lives on” online. Of course, it lives on offline too, it’s just not as easily findable (in most cases). However, it hardly seems fair to change the statute of limitations just because the ability to find the content is easier. If anything, you’d think that’s an argument to limit the statute of limitations, since it’s so much easier to find the potentially libelous content in the first place.