I'm not an attorney, but do believe that libel is often shown to exist
based on the reasonable inference another person might take from some
disclosure of information about a person, whether or not named. If it is
reasonably possible to identify a person from some information
communicated/ made public, and if a reasonable person might infer such
effect from the manner of disclsoure as to subject to person to some form
of ridicule or other "trouble", then a case for libel may lay. So, in
this respect, it's possible that simply putting someone's name in a
database publicly known as a reserve of data about "abusers" could be
sufficient contextual info. to "libel" the guy..... or at least enable an
attorney to argue that.
On Tue, 14 Mar 1995, Fred H Olson WB0YQM wrote:
> I would participate in such a database tho I have not had much problem.
> I do wonder if it's worth the effort.
> I would propose that the format be name, email address and url of
> sample objectionable posts from the abuser. It's hard to charge libel
> if you dont comment. One could even have a discalimer such as:
> "No implications is intended by names simply being mentioned in this
> archive; please use the author's words to draw any conclusions."
> Try to stick to the facts. Let the abuser speak for themselves.
> The effort to maintain it would be minimal if the database were a
> non linked searchable WWW archive of email messages (obscure URL shared
> among participating list managers only).
> The lack of good information to enforce accountability and appropriate
> 'peer pressure' lets a lot of anti social behavior thrive. It's sort of
> like people will write graffitti on bathroom walls that they wouldn't say
> in public.
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