A few things have caught my eye.
The folks at REELSEO ran a great piece called Defamation and Libel in Online Video – How to Protect Yourself that answers a lot of questions I know I've had. He spent time researching and getting input from Andy Beal and a lawyer.
According to ExpertLaw.com, defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm. The type of defamation my colleague refers to could also fall under libel, which involves making defamatory statements in a fixed medium.
As a forums, we are keenly aware of attempts by members who sign up for the sole purpose of venting about a person or company. I have, at various times, invited companies to come and defend themselves if there is a product/service complaint that is well written, fair and polite.
This is something I wrote because I get fed up.
Does Freedom of Speech Mean the Freedom to Judge?
Why does it seem that defenders of the right to free speech are sometimes the same people who enjoy verbal and written attacks on people? What makes public commentators so vengeful, ugly and vile in their statements against fellow human beings?
Politics in the USA is an absolute free for all! I have lost respect for the everyone in office. If they're not off having affairs, they're digging up something to degrade and defame someone, whether it can be proven or not.
Copyright is also a gray area. Nobody seems to understand it. Are Facebook comments copyrighted? Blog posts? User generated feedback like product reviews? Images you take and put on Facebook or Flickr?
Is it true that everything you write online or say in a video is protected by free speech and can re-used by someone else online and more importantly, what can we do to create positive change and respectful communication?