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5-08-2010 @ 4:04PM
Chris, the destruction of the information does not affect its status as libel (though it could affect the potential damages awarded). For instance, a defamatory billboard is libel and it doesn't become slander once the billboard is taken down. The Twitter analogy in the article, while not perfect, isn't affected by the LoC archiving since the article was written in '09. In the case of in-game chat, you've got a message from one person sent to a third party, with knowledge it will be stored, for the explicit purpose of publication either on a small (instant message) or large (trade chat) scale. Written, sent to a third-party, saved (either to a temporary or permanent file), broadcast to an audience... I simply can't see any way to shoehorn that into slander.
5-08-2010 @ 4:05PM
Bah. I was replying to my own comment on the page that showed just my comment... And it got stuck down here.
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