The Better Way to Handle Online Defamation

Internet privacy laws have always protected members of the media pretty stringently. However, this recent court ruling has muddied the water somewhat.

A federal judge in Portland, Ore., has ruled that a Montana blogger was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally while a trustee in a real estate bankruptcy case.

Media observers said Wednesday the ruling points out how state shield laws and other laws protecting journalists have lagged behind developments in online media.

Instead of suing bloggers and commenters, those who have been defamed online really should look to internet reputation management for help.

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