Last week, we received a letter from McCann Fitzgerald, solicitors for Mr. Tom Higgins, MD of Realm Communications Ltd. which owns Irish Psychics Live.
To paraphrase, this letter referred to a number of defamatory posts on the site, and that weblogs (sic.) such as boards.ie should not be censored but the defamatory material had to be removed from this thread. In addition, there was a request for boards.ie to publish a sincere apology to Tom Higgins and Realm Communications Ltd. for one month, with an archived copy in perpetuity.
We agreed to remove the content, on the basis that it was not in line with elements of our acceptible use policy (which all individuals agree to on signup): “All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of boards.ie, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.” and “By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are … otherwise violative of any laws.”
However, as a mere conduit, we saw no reason for boards.ie to publish an apology.