Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Courtney Love tweets into court

In a few day's time, Courtney Love's tweets about Dawn Simorangkir are going to court, as the fashion designer sues for defamation.

Love suggested via Twitter that far from owing money Simorangkir was seeking, it was her who should have been showered in thanks and cash:

"She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!" Love wrote.
Of course, being Love, this isn't just about Twitter, as she spewed this sort of thing all over the internet.

Her team have got a defence, though:
Love's attorneys have their own witnesses, including a medical expert who plans to testify that even if Love's statements were untrue, her mental state was not "subjectively malicious" enough to justify the defamation lawsuit.

That claim -- something akin to an insanity defence for social media -- suggests that Twitter was so appealing and addictive for Love that she had no appreciation for how the comments she posted would be received by others.
Karl T, who pointed this out to us, observes:
Love's defence, that Twitter is just so darn fun that she's unable to prevent herself from broadcasting whatever passes through her brain is an interesting one, to say the least.

In other news, shouting at dustbins and picking fights with the radiator people are protected under the 1st amendment.
It's going to be a tricky one for Love to pretend that she had no idea what people would make of her Tweets, as surely she'd already got into enough trouble tweeting about the people ripping them off to know exactly what they'd go down like.