Opinion: “The price of online discussions” – Siobhain Butterworth

31 10 2010

An unusually high award of damages has been made against a US website because of defamatory comments made on a discussion thread, but what is it really worth?

There is no disputing that a £50,000 award of damages, made against the US website Digital Trends earlier this month for defamatory comments in two online discussion threads, is “unusually high” as Eversheds, the claimant’s lawyers, put it in their press release. But what is the true value of this judgment? The website didn’t acknowledge or defend the proceedings in London’s high court and there is a plump question mark over its enforceability in America. Read the rest of this entry »