Marshall - 7:39 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
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Comments are owned by the poster, however, there is case law in the United States where the medium used to convey the comments can be held liable (complicit or culpable) for the presence of the content, even if it is the poster's opinion. While this is often applied to print media in regards to "letters to the editor" which are published, that is not to say it cannot be applied to any site that allows user comments. Remember this, anyone can be sued for anything. To believe otherwise is, simply and bluntly, stupid.
Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution. Freedom to post something on a website with impunity, e.g. the website owner's not removing it or you not being sued, is not. Think cyber bullying: they're opinions too, but they're also actionable.
Bottom line advice, CYA!