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A CA appeals court has issued a ruling that says that
typical messages posted to internet message boards can
not be considered as libel or slander, as they inheritently
are framed as opinions and not as statements of fact.
From the article:
"In the Global Telemedia case, the court said that,
unlike many traditional media, there are no controls on
the postings in chat rooms. As a result, such writings
are almost always opinions, and therefore are protected
under the First Amendment. "