Friday, April 28, 2006

Maine blogger faces lawsuit

From today's Boston Globe:
"A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state's tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements and posting on his website, Maine Web Report, images from proposed tourism advertisements a New York agency prepared for Maine officials.

"The case raises the issue of how free speech protection will be applied in the proliferating world of weblogs, or blogs, and underscores the growing influence of bloggers on business and government."
The blogger, Lance Dutson, has more on this as well as a list of other blogs that have written about the case.


Anonymous said...

I believe the law precludes a government entity from recovering for defamation.

Bob Ambrogi said...

It is the private advertising agency that is suing for defamation, not the government.

Anonymous said...

Although everyone has the right of free speech, it is hard to express your opinions on the web, because it seems the the internet has become a similar source to a newspaper and when you state something that isn't true you have to suffer the consequences. I think he is going to have a hard time winning this case even though he was negligent in what he was writing.