Sun, Aug. 03, 2008

Free Speech Victory for Blog

CK - Washington.   The pendulum swings again: At least non-commercial German bloggers are not responsible for third-party comments, a Frankfurt court decided on July 16, 2008 in the matter 31 C 2575/07-01. The decision flies in the face of some rulings from other German courts which came close to imposing on bloggers a requirement for real-time censorship.

Veteran German blogger and fresh lawyer Sascha Kremer published the Frankfurt decision, in German, on his firm site. The judge in the case appeared to understand the medium and the dangers of censorship as well as the remedies applicable to online defamation. For another view, see Mouse Roars, Stops Comments.


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