Blogger Insurance now offered
This article notes that web publishers (bloggers) can now get
libel insurance, a necessity for anyone that allows strangers to
publish on their blog as comments. Also, in some countries,
hyperlinking to a defamatory page is considered republishing a
libel and you could be sued.
In the article
Publishing Risks Create Need for Libel Insurance, we see that
there is a significant risk in blogging:
"As the Internet has flourished in recent years, online
publishers of all types have found themselves the target of
litigation. All of the standard liabilities that plague offline
publishers have migrated to the online world, including claims
libel, invasion of privacy and infringement of intellectual
Everyone publishing online -- from mega publishers like Dow,
Jones & Company, to small online publishers like
to bloggers and freelancers -- is at risk."
We also see that the risks for bloggers are far greater because
of the diverse libel laws around the globe. What may not be
defamatory in the USA could be a criminal act in some countries
where libel and defamation are serious crimes:
"Online publishers have a greater risk of being sued abroad
than traditional publishers. While many U.S. media
companies limit distribution of their print publications to the
United States and perhaps a select few foreign countries, online
publications can be accessed anywhere in the world at the click
of a mouse.
This increases the risk that an online publisher will be sued
abroad by plaintiffs searching for more favorable libel laws
than in the United States.
Typically, libel laws outside the United States are far less
forgiving to publishers, many imposing liability even when an
error has occurred without fault on the part of the publisher.
It is therefore imperative that online publishers ensure that
their policy will cover them if they are sued abroad."