Comment 29742

By IAANAL (anonymous) | Posted March 26, 2009 at 08:13:44

It's tricky. On the one hand, it seems premature to 'out' the identities of people on an online forum before the court has actually established that defamation has taken place. On the other hand, if someone is being sued for defamation, that person has a right to make a defence in court ... and you can't make a defence if you haven't been called in as a defendant. Granted, I Am Also Not A Lawyer (IAANAL) so I don't know how the rules work for a John Doe defendent in a civil suit.

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