I am very sad to raise this issue. However, I’ve been doing a bit of internet research about the legalities of blogging. Removing the Jeremy Shum article got me thinking after a while – not so much at the time. I am not a lawyer, nor qualified to interpret law. It does seem though that there are cases where blog administrators have been personally sued for vast sums due to posts and comments which others have put up on their site, even in cases where they have not taken on the obligation of moderating comments.
It looks as though being sued for something is an extremely remote possibility. Still, I don’t think I could ignore the risk to my family’s wellbeing if even through no act of my own, I was sued as a result of something on this blog.
I also think there should be places on the internet to discuss things like we do here.
So, I am giving someone else out there the opportunity to come forth to administer the blog in my place. I can make someone else administrator, and remove that privilege from myself, I believe, if anyone else is willing to take that risk on. However, for my own safety, I think I might have to delete everything up until this post, just in case. Its just that that is easier than digging through all the posts, and I am no expert in what is legal and what isn’t.
I know this sounds dramatic, but there is one blogger I came across out there, who also thought he’d done nothing wrong, who is currently being sued for $23M USD. It looks as though legislation is changing all the time, so one can’t even take for granted that what is safe now will stay safe. Also, US legislation seems to be able to affect bloggers even in Australia.
So I won’t do anything instantly. However, I’d like feedback on this post, and any volunteers to administrate in my place.
I have enjoyed doing this over the last month or two, and really don’t want to have to get rid of it all, but I’m old enough to have learnt what can happen if you ignore risk, and I’m not willing for my family to bear the brunt of that, as remote as the possibility is.