By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
The world has been robbed of its first big case involving the Twittersphere thanks to Courtney Love's decision to settle her case with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Love has chosen to settle with the designer to the tune of $430,000 to be paid out through 2014.
The case revolved around Simorangkir's assertion that remarks Love made on Twitter in 2009, including calling the designer an "asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief," ruined her business. As funny as it was in one way, the case was also set to be a landmark trial that would potentially have a profound impact on the way the law treated statements made on the Internet. Oddly enough, Love herself had some connection to one of the last big cases of this sort thanks to her part in Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, which featured Flynt's landmark obscenity trial as its epicenter.
Love herself publicly argued that her statements on her Twitter account were merely opinions and therefore not punishable (a rare statement of sense from the troubled rock star), but Simorangkir stated that since Love made the comments in a public sphere to a dedicated group of followers who then spread the comments quickly and widely. Simorangkir's lawyers have taken the settlement as a victory, arguing that Love's decision to settle is proof that she was in the wrong and that her statements were false. How you prove that someone isn't an "asswipe nasty lying horsebag thief" is kind of a moot point, I suppose.