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Aug 26, 2011

More Cases, But No Twitter Trials

As Twitter becomes more ubiquitous -- it now has more than 200 million registered users, and 155 million tweets are sent each day -- defamation, privacy and other lawsuits stemming from tweets are becoming more common.

I've been chronicling them in this blog, including lawsuits against singer Courtney Love (one settled, one pending); a suit by NBA referee against an Associated Press reporter (pending); and the lawsuit against the creator of the "Cookie Diet" against Kim Kardasian (dismissed, possibly settled).

Last week Media Bistro's "All Twitter" blog compiled these lawsuits, pegged to a Hollywood Reporter story on a suit newly filed by Notifi Records CEO Ira DeWitt against former New Edition singer Johnny Gill over a number of tweets. In addition, an Oregon TV station reports on a lawsuit filed by a doctor over a tweet and blog post.

None of these cases have gone to trial, so we're still waiting for the the first defamation trial -- and award -- in an American court stemming from Twitter. The "twible" watch continues.

2 comments :

Eric P. Robinson said...

Meanwhile, across the pond, a study shows that Internet-related libel cases in England and Wales rose from seven in the period from June 2009 to May 2010 to 16 in the year ending May 31, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14684620

Anonymous said...

This is why I don't tweet. The more words I send out into the web, the more it is likely that some of them will be problematic.

Terrie Moran

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