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Courtney Love Cleared In Twitter ‘Twibel’ Legal Case

Courtney Love Cleared In Twitter 'Twibel' Legal Case

A tweet posted by Courtney Love, singer and frontwoman of the band Hole, was not defamatory, a US jury has decided in a closely-watched and possibly landmark legal case.

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Will Twitter’s Dublin Headquarters Open It Up To Libel Lawsuits?

If you check out Twitter’s recent job openings, you’ll see quite a few international openings posted. Everything seems hunky dory, right?

Well, Twitter’s European headquarters in Dublin may come with a cost they didn’t expect.

We wonder if they can hear the water rushing toward them?

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McAlpine Letting Some Libelous Tweeters Off The Hook

Understand, tweople – libel is never a good idea. But it seems some Twitterers with less than 500 followers have less to worry about, in this case at least.

Lord McAlpine, the UK politician who planned to sue 10,000 Twitter users for tweeting and retweeting libelous claims about him, has decided not to pursue charges against those with less significant followings on Twitter. But he does still want something from them – and his request seems pretty reasonable, considering.

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£90,000 Damages Awarded For Libelous Tweet

A 131-character tweet just cost Lalit Modi £1.5 million in court costs – and damages to boot. What happened? Another case of not thinking things through before you tweet, it seems.
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The Price Of Defame – Courtney Love's Twitter Rant Costs Her $430,000

Rock star Courtney Love has settled the lawsuit brought against her by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, aka the “Bourdoir Queen”, after claiming that Love defamed her in a serious of messages sent via Twitter and Love’s MySpace profile.

The cost? $430,000. I’m not quite sure how that works out per tweet, but it’s reassuringly expensive.

Quite.

There are bigger repercussions here for everybody on Twitter – not just celebrities – as defamation has long been an issue (and one that I have repeatedly highlighted).

As Reuters explains:

The settlement ends a case that was watched as closely for the unique legal issues in play as the often-erratic behavior of the defendant. Simorangkir, who became embroiled in a dispute with Love over a $4000 payment for clothing, accused the Hole frontwoman of ruining her business with a series of allegedly defamatory tweets posted during a 20 minute rant in 2009. The trial, which was originally scheduled for late January but was postponed when the parties began talking settlement, would have been the first high-profile courtroom showdown over what constitutes defamation on Twitter.

Love argued that her rantings were merely an expression of opinion and that Simorangkir could not prove how they damaged her. The fashion designer, on the other hand, pointed to Love’s influence as an entertainer and the power of social media to disseminate damaging comments, including that Simorangkir was an “asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief.”

“The amount of the settlement says it all,” Simorangkir attorney Bryan Freedman told The Hollywood Reporter. “Her reprehensible defamatory comments were completely false and $430,000 is quite a significant way to say I am sorry. One would hope that, given this disaster, restraint of pen, tongue and tweet would guide Ms. Love’s future conduct.”

Love attorney James Janowitz said he was pleased with the deal. “Because of the extended payout it’s a modest settlement,” Janowitz added, noting that Simorangkir had asked for “vastly more” in discussions. “They got out with an amount that left them bragging rights but nothing else.”

Love is no longer active on Twitter, having quit the network after ‘accidentally‘ sending explicit photographs of herself to all of her followers, instead of her boyfriend as intended. Whether she’ll return now that the case is over is unclear, but for the sake of her health – mental and financial – staying away might be for the best.