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Re: The Zen of Anonymity
>Given: Some graffiti is on the wall.
>Question: who is `responsible' or `liable' for graffiti?
This question already has a known answer. The author of the words is
the one that is liable for them. No other parties are liable unless
they had prior knowledge; this would make them conspirators.
However, under certain circumstances the owner of a facility can be
held liable for not removing libelous graffiti. I picked up a paper
from the net some time back (/telecom-archives/sysops.libel.liability
on ftp.lcs.mit.edu, ``Defamation Liability of Computerized BBS
Operators & Problems of Proof'', by John R. Kahn) which discusses that
point. The judgement is context-dependent -- one court noted that
different standards apply to a New York subway car [sic] than to the
interior of a manufacturing plant -- but the general rule is that if
you know of some defamatory graffiti on your property, you're obligated
to remove it.