MySpace case could set dangerous precedent

05/20/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The "MySpace suicide" trial, which revolves around a teenage girl who hanged herself after enduring the online rejection of a social-network friend who turned out to be a creation of the mother of a classmate, is rooted in tragedy. However, this editorial warns, the federal indictment against Lori Drew should raise alarm bells, because it could effectively criminalize violations of online terms of service, which in MySpace's case include bans on inventing fake profiles.

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