If you are a fan of blogging, then it is recommended that you do so with caution. Several prominent lawsuits are making their way through the US court system ranging from claims of defamation of character to gross negligence due to blog postings. Yahoo has a rather interesting and in depth look at the very thin line of blogging and Free Speech.
The case reflected how blogs - short for web logs, the burgeoning, freewheeling Internet forums that give people the power to instantly disseminate messages worldwide - increasingly are being targeted by those who feel harmed by blog attacks. In the past two years, more than 50 lawsuits stemming from postings on blogs and website message boards have been filed across the nation. The suits have spawned a debate over how the "blogosphere" and its revolutionary impact on speech and publishing might change libel law.
Hop on over to Yahoo for the rest of the article.