Copyright Lawsuit Is Turnabout for SCO (New York Times)
Posted Oct 13, 2003 16:17 UTC (Mon) by zonker
In reply to: Copyright Lawsuit Is Turnabout for SCO (New York Times)
Parent article: Copyright Lawsuit Is Turnabout for SCO (New York Times)
Rather's report was just a pack of lies, but he has the protection of the first amendment
The First Amendment provides no protection for libel or slander. If a reporter or organization runs a story that's a "pack of lies" they can be sued pretty handily. If Dan Rather says on the evening news that company XYZ is selling cars that burst into flames after 14,000 miles, he can be (and would be) sued and would most likely lose -- unless, of course, the car actually did burst into flames at or around 14,000 miles. The only exception here is if Rather said it as an opinion rather than fact, because you cannot sue someone for stating their opinion, no matter how derogatory it may be. (Therefore, "wow, that new Chrysler looks like it would burst into flames before it hit 14,000 miles" might be damaging, but it's legal.) The First Amendment is never protection against libel and slander -- something the folks at SCO would do well to remember.
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