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.


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.

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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