Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Small Victory for Free Speech on Internet

A New York appellate court ruled on Thursday that courts need to consider the “freewheeling, anything-goes” writing style that prevails on the Internet when evaluating Internet communications for libel.

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division in New York City held, in Sandals Resorts v. Google, that Google does not have to release email account information for an account holder who widely distributed anonymous email messages criticizing Sandals, an operator of luxury, all-inclusive Caribbean resorts.