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Important precedent?


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. "

Chuck Gadd