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First Brit Prosecuted Over Twitter Libel
3/14/2011

Tasha26 writes "A former town Mayor, Colin Elsbury, made legal history by being the first Brit to pay damages for libel on Twitter. His tweet on polling day said 'It's not in our nature to deride our opponents however Eddie Talbot had to be removed by the Police from a polling station' amounted to pure option slur. The Twitter libel was settled at Cardiff High Court with total bill hitting £53,000 (£3,000 indemnity + £50,000 legal fees). The fine works out at more than £2,400 per word. After Courtney Love recent £260k conclusion in a Twibel case, this case reaffirms that any one thing posted in the public domain is subject to libel laws."



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