Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blog post: Libel Suit over Digitized Article Dismissed

Quoting American Libraries (6/13/2008):
A federal judge has dismissed a $1-million lawsuit filed by a Cornell University alumnus who claimed that the school libeled him in a 1983 Cornell Chronicle article reporting that he had been charged with third-degree burglary when he was a student. Back issues of the Chronicle, a newspaper published by the university’s press office, are being digitized by the campus library.
Marry Minow wrote in her blog post:
Disclosure of private facts claim was dismissed since the item was newsworthy.
As she notes, this is an important issue, since so older news is being digitized and will likely surface news items that some people would rather have forgotten.

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