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Unprotected anonymous Free Speech may lead to civil litigation

Be careful what you post on the Internet as it may lead to a lawsuit and complicated civil litigation.  We all know that our anonymous postings are protected by the First Amendment right to free and protected speech.  But not everything we say is protected.  We all know you can't go into a movie theater and yell, "Fire!".  That type of speech can lead to harm to many, and the law does not protect it.  In the same fashion, the law does not protect defamatory speech.  If you post that someone has committed a crime or has been unfaithful to a spouse, you may find yourself the subject of a lawsuit to learn your identity, and to seek and recover money damages from you.  Your homeowners insurance will not cover you, which means you may have to pay hard earned money for a moment of irrational thought calling someone a criminal or a cheat, when it is not true.  There are means of discovering who you are through the internet by asking your Internet Providers (IP) to disclose your identity.  So beware!  Be careful what you post about someone, and don't think you can get away with hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet to protect you.  The case law in Pennsylvania in this civil litigation area is just developing in this area, and the lawyers at Rubin Glickman Steinberg and Gifford are in the forefront of the emerging legal developments.

Gregory R. Gifford
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