The Wall Street Journal reported May 21, 2009, that “Bloggers are increasingly getting sued or threatened with legal action for everything from defamation to invasion of privacy to copyright infringement.” See “Bloggers, Beware: What You Write Can Get You Sued. Writes M.P. McQueen:
In 2007 -- the most recent data available -- 106 civil lawsuits against bloggers and others in social networks and online forums were tallied by the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, up from just 12 in 2003. There have been about $17.4 million in trial awards against bloggers to date, according to the Media Law Resource Center in New York, a nonprofit clearinghouse that tracks free-speech cases.
McQueen noted that, “Many lawsuits are thrown out of court or settled before trial, but not before causing headaches for the accused.”
I highly recommend McQueen’s article. It offers something for bloggers to reflect on.