A California appeals court ruled this week that threatening posts made by readers of a web site are not protected free speech, allowing a case charging the posters with hate crimes and defamation to proceed, Wired reports. The case raises fundamental questions about cyber bullying and the line between online speech and hate crimes. The case involves a teen identified as “D.C.” in court documents, who launched a web site in 2005 when he was 15 to promote his pursuit of an acting and singing career. Fellow students at his private high school, Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, posted derogatory...

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