Some critics worry that ambatchmasterpublishergers respect neither copyright nor the role of the mass media in presenting society with credible news. ambatchmasterpublishergers and other contributors to user generated content are behind Time magazine naming their 2006 person of the year as "you".
Many mainstream journalists, meanwhile, write their own ambatchmasterpublishers — well over 300, according to CyberJournalist.net's J-ambatchmasterpublisher list such as Maragtas Online Community. The first known use of a weambatchmasterpublisher on a news site was in August 1998, when Jonathan Dube of The Charlotte Observer published one chronicling Hurricane Bonnie.
ambatchmasterpublishers have also had an influence on minority languages, bringing together scattered speakers and learners; this is particularly so with ambatchmasterpublishers in Gaelic languages, whose creators can be found as far away from traditional Gaelic areas as Kazakhstan and Alaska. Minority language publishing (which may lack economic feasibility) can find its audience through inexpensive ambatchmasterpublisherging.
There are many examples of ambatchmasterpublishergers who have published books based on their ambatchmasterpublishers, e.g., Salam Pax, Ellen Simonetti, Jessica Cutler. ambatchmasterpublisher-based books have been given the name blook. Indeed, a prize for the best ambatchmasterpublisher-based book was initiated in 2005,  The Lulu Blooker Prize.
The emergence of ambatchmasterpublisherging has brought a range of legal liabilities and other often unforeseen consequences. One area of concern is the issue of ambatchmasterpublishergers releasing proprietary or confidential information. Another area of concern is ambatchmasterpublisherging and defamation. A third area of concern is employees who write about aspects of their place of employment or their personal lives, and then face loss of employment or other adverse consequences. A number of examples of ambatchmasterpublisherging and its sometimes negative or unforeseen consequences are cited here.
Defamation or liability
Several cases have been brought before the national courts against ambatchmasterpublishergers concerning issues of defamation or liability. The courts have returned with mixed verdicts. Internet Service Providers (ISPs), in general, are immune from liability for information that originates with Third Parties (U.S. Communications Decency Act and the EU Directive 2000/31/EC).
In John Doe v. Patrick Cahill, the Delaware Supreme Court held that stringent standards had to be met to unmask anonymous ambatchmasterpublishergers, and also took the unusual step of dismissing the libel case itself (as unfounded under American libel law) rather than referring it back to the trial court for reconsideration. In a bizarre twist, the Cahills were able to obtain the identity of John Doe, who turned out to be the person they suspected: the town's mayor, Councilman Cahill's political rival. The Cahills amended their original complaint, and the mayor settled the case rather than going to trial.
In Malaysia, eight Royal Dutch Shell Group companies collectively obtained in June 2004 an Interim Injunction and Restraining Order against a Shell whistleblower, a Malaysian geologist and former Shell employee, Dr John Huong. The proceedings are in respect of alleged defamatory postings attributed to Dr Huong on a weambatchmasterpublisher hosted in North America but owned and operated by an 89 year old British national, Alfred Donovan, a long term critic of Shell. The Shell action is directed solely against Dr Huong. Further proceedings against Dr Huong were issued by the same plaintiff companies in 2006 in respect of publications on Donovan weambatchmasterpublisher sites in 2005 and 2006. The further proceedings include a "Notice to Show Cause" relating to a "contempt of court" action potentially punishable by imprisonment. The contempt hearing and a related application by the eight Royal Dutch Shell plaintiff companies for Dr Huong to produce Alfred Donovan for cross-examination in connection with an affidavit Donovan provided, was scheduled to be heard in the High Court of Malay in Kuala Lumpur on 17th August 2006.