Gut Rumbles
 

February 01, 2005

first amendment ii

I expect to see more and more of this as blogging becomes more popular and good blogs become more well-read. I run Gut Rumbles on a shoestring, without even a shoe to go with it. If somebody with a legal staff ever sues me, I'm fucked.

The case won't be about whether what I did was illegal or not. It'll never get that far. I already know how got-dam expensive lawyers are, and I also know that I don't have the wherewithall to duke it out with one of the Big Boys if they ever come after my ass.

Yes. I would shut down this blog rather than go broke fighting a losing battle against people who can throw more money at me than I can at them. I can be right as rain, but I'll be broke as a worm trying to prove it in court after YEARS of litigation. That's the way our legal system works.

I would fight them to my last penny if we had a "loser pays" system, where if I win the other side picks up my tab. But we don't have that.

Obnoxious bloggers are fish in a barrel if the lawyers want to come after them.

Comments

I'm almost as troubled by your sleep patterns as I am by the fact we are going to be sued out of existence.

Posted by: Velociman on February 1, 2005 06:47 AM

Pfft, nothing a little ballistics hardware doesn't take care of.

Hey if some guys could get away with illegally dumping tea in the harbor you think I am going to worry about a bunch of liars?

Posted by: Risasi on February 1, 2005 07:47 AM

Going after bloggers is to complicated, it is much easier to go after the service providers. Your service provider will do a fine job of protecting its own financial interest and will just drop offending bloggers like a shit sandwich. You can always become your own provider but that opens up a can of worms that only the will make the blogger go more mainstream. Enjoy it while you can.

Posted by: James Old Guy on February 1, 2005 10:03 AM

Fuck 'em. Bring it on.

As long as there is ONE service provider somewhere in the world, I'll carry on blogging.

If I'm going to go down, I'll go down fighting for my little corner of the First Amendment, just as I would for my little corner of the Second -- just using the appropriate tools in each case.

Yeah, fuck 'em.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on February 1, 2005 10:51 AM

Bejus! And I thought I got up early! Three out of four commenters beat me to the point of saying that these moguls may be wealthy and powerful, but none of them can run 2800 feet per second.

Posted by: Rivrdog on February 1, 2005 11:24 AM
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