Md. Court Upholds Privacy for Online Posters

Operators of newspaper Web sites, blogs and chat rooms that allow readers to post anonymous comments using pseudonyms do not have to readily reveal the posters' identities in defamation suits, Maryland's highest court ruled, further shaping an emerging area of First Amendment law in the Internet age. The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling and ordered that, an online forum run by Independent Newspapers, does not have to disclose the identities of forum participants who engaged in an online exchange about the cleanliness of a Dunkin' Donuts shop in 2006.

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