Gossip Web Site Debuts In Wilmington, Legal Questions Surface

A new Web site in Wilmington hopes to provide a forum for the kinds of things organizers say are part of everyday conversation.

But legal questions are being raised about GossipReport-dot-com,
which allows anonymous users to post messages and photos. A similar site, DontDateHimGirl-dot-com, was sued after one man disputed
claims Web site users made about him.

That lawsuit was dismissed on technicalities.

GossipReport-dot-com is exploring more ways for users to flag
inappropriate posts, but some think the law protects Web sites that
have postings from individual users.

Amanda Martin is an attorney for the North Carolina Press Association. Martin says holding Web sites accountable for the posts would be similar to blaming the telephone company for comments made on its network.