Celebrity Blogs on Libel and Copyright Lawsuits
Coming from someone who has had a brush with libel (though not thru any of my blogs), I assure you that the possibility of getting one in the future isn’t far fetched. This couldn’t be any more true with celebrity or showbiz blogs. Here are some of the very familiar words – libel and copyright infringement.
DJ Samantha Ronson, an erstwhile friend of teen actress Lindsay Lohan , is suing the blogger behind PerezHilton.com, Mario Lavandeira. The libel suit , which amounts to $20 million big bucks, implicates Mario for republishing content on his blog.
And it does not stop there. More copyright problems are plaguing the popular celeb blogger.
Before it comes to that, complainants can send out a DMCA to the blog’s web host and shut it down. WisDump suggests subscribing to affordable and legit photo services like PR Photos. I suggest start investing on a camera and getting your own photos. Doing both might be better at the start. You could also save all those revenues from your blog as future legal fund.
Could it happen here in the Philippines? If the PCIJ blog got a TRO before, nothing will stop anybody from doing a repeat performance. Yeah, I know, we all don’t want to hear these kind of discussion. But it’s already out there.
And if you do, I can refer you to my lawyers. ;)