Blogger Guidelines

May 14th, 2008 § 0 comments

The Telegraph:

A voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and internet commentators is supported by almost half of all internet users, a survey has claimed.

The researchers said 46 per cent of web users believe bloggers should agree to a set of guidelines which reflected the laws on defamation, intellectual property rights and incitement.

Four per cent strongly opposed the suggestion and 15 per cent had no opinion.

There is a code of conduct already. It’s called the law and the UK one is already an arse without these gits stirring it up.

It is an arse because the bloggers are usually individuals without the financial ability to back up their claims in court. A letter from a solicitor is usually enough to have the offending article removed, by the author themselves or just as likely, their hosting company, even if the accusations in it are true.

Bloggers don’t want special privileges or rights, just a fair libel law that does not favour the rich and powerful.

The report’s bollox anyway. It can’t be almost half of all internet users, because I haven’t been asked about it and I bet you haven’t either.

Via An Englishmans’ Castle

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