Re: sexism and bitterness

Subject: Re: sexism and bitterness
From: Ian Stewart (
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 08:23:02 EDT

miriam clinton (iriXx) writes:
> the citing of specific incidences (which when published, without evidence,
> are at risk of libel both to CEC and to the poster).

This is a misconception. Listserv operators (the CEC, in this case) are not
liable for libel in cases such as these. In the US, for example, the
Communications Decency Act, Section 230, holds that "... no provider or user
of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or
speaker of any information provided by another information content
provider." In Europe, provisions about "information stored at the direction
of users" apply. In short, when you write to a public email list, you are
legally responsible for your conduct, not the list administrator.

all the best,

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