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Re: Alex Beam column
- Subject: Re: Alex Beam column
- From: "A. Joseph Ross" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 02:28:00 -0400
On 7 Jun 99, Abyss5X5@aol.com wrote:
> I'm not a lawyer, but should't it be "slander" instead of "Libel" if we're
> talking radio instead of newspapers?
Possibly, but both terms are sometimes replaced by "defamation" in order
to avoid the issue. I also seem to remember seeing a court opinion, back
in law school, in which the court was of the opinion that a broadcast
defamation ought to be treated more like libel, because it could be widely
disseminated, like a written statement, which was not previously true of
an oral statement. This particular court coined the word "defamacast,"
which, fortunately, has not caught on.
A.Joseph Ross, J.D. 617.367.0468
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