Bloggers and Web Media Beware: You Can Be Sued For Defamation If You Change A Video Clip And Distort The Speaker's Original Message

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Everywhere we turn, someone is blogging about something. We have come to expect that we will get much of our news through one form of web media or another. Many people subscribe to a certain web sites because the posts are in line with how they view the world. They may want a perspective that is viewed as extremely liberal or conservative. Like mainstream newspapers, blogs are selling advertising space. Blog posts are also drawing national attention to people and issues.

Blogs are a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. But, like other forms of speech, it is tempered by laws that prohibit speech that defames and slanders another person or a business. Because blogs are becoming profitable businesses with advertising dollars, they can be realistically sued for damages.

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