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Re: Alex Beam column

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.

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