Yesterday I had to adjust some PooterGeek content from earlier in the week—both original text of mine and a coment by an external poster—to avoid misunderstanding and potential legal action respectively. I used (with ironic intent) language in my original ‘Blog entry that was probably too strong and that might have provoked the problem.
These glitches have been fixed to mine and the commenter’s mutual satisfaction, but, for anyone thinking of contributing here, this recent article in Crooked Timber about the upcoming George Galloway vs Daily Telegraph libel case contains a useful crash course in our country’s scary libel laws.
As publisher of PooterGeek, here’s my own general rule: “Don’t say anything bad about anybody rich unless a publication with its own lawyers has said it already. Alternatively, please share with me in advance the photographic evidence you have to back up your claim.”