In what promises to be a landmark case for internet publishers, Gutnick v Dow Jones will be heard in Melbourne on 3 October, 2003. Read more »
Australia's most vociferious luddite has proposed to ban the use of the internet for offensive and menacing behaviour, with offenders to face up to two-years in prison, according to a press release issued by the Department of Communications, yesterday. Read more »
A recent report published by Privacy International suggests that internet censorship is at an all time high. In addition to extensive regulation by non-democratic states, the study points to the heightened sensitivity of many Western governments in response to a perceived terrorist threat. Read more »
Australia's man of largest financial quantum, Kerry Packer, yesterday lost a defamation case against rival media group John Fairfax Pty Ltd. Packer claimed that a satirical caption appearing in The Sydney Morning Herald on 16 December, 1999 construed him as 'a power-crazed greedy man.' Unsurprisingly, Fairfax-owned newspaper The Age was quick to carry the story. Read more »
Oh dear: Political Correctness alert! Read more »
Google's decision to shut out CNET for one year for googling CEO Eric Schmidt has some questioning the maturity of the burgeoning search giant. CNET reporter Elinor Mills, in a strong news piece examining how personal information can be obtained using Google, turned the technology on Schmidt and cited some public information on him, such as his salary, his hobbies and his hometown. But Google, usually a media darling, threw a fit, announcing that a blackball will last until August 2006. Read more »
Originally by CCH Australia, 5:26 PM
'Next month, Stephen King, Amy Tan and other best-selling writers will auction on eBay the right to name characters in their new novels. The profits will go to the First Amendment Project, whose lawyers have repeatedly gone to court to protect the free speech rights of activists, writers and artists. One such case, over whether a high school student's angry poetry constituted a "criminal threat," recently went before the California Supreme Court.'
'A case brought in a US district court by a Utah man threatens to undermine the First Amendment right to speak anonymously on issues of public concern. In Merkey v Yahoo SCOX et al, the plaintiff requested an expedited process for serving subpoenas that would unmask anonymous "John Doe" critics who participated in a discussion of another court case, in which Utah-based technology company Santa Cruz Operation ('SCO') is suing IBM. Read more »
‘Reuters reports on China’s efforts to censor its latest Internet-born star, a young woman known as Furong Jiejie (‘Sister Furong’). She is seen as a pioneer pushing the boundaries of traditional media controls, but in the process has become a target of government censors. In late July, authorities told the country’s top weblog host to move Furong-related content to low-profile parts of the site. Her pictures can still be found online, but links to them and Read more »
'Utah - Private information about anonymous online critics was protected this week when a Utah man dropped his lawsuit against people who had allegedly made critical comments about him on message boards and blogs, including the Yahoo! SCOX board. The plaintiff in the case had asked the court to let him use the subpoena process to unmask his anonymous "John Doe" critics.
Carl Bialik from the WSJ writes 'In a legal case being watched closely by bloggers, an Internet company has sued the owner of a blog for comments posted to his site by readers, the Wall Street Journal Online reports. Traffic-Power.com, which sells tools for boosting Web traffic, sued Aaron Wall, age 25, over statements posted in the comments section of Wall's search-engine-optimization blog, SEOBook.com: Read more »
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 8:44 PM
Originally by Wired News: Top Stories, 12:59 AM
Ars Technica reports on the finding of a Californian court that Apple failed to conduct due diligence when issuing subpoeanas to the operators of rumour websites earlier this year. In failing to conduct an in-house check for the cause of the document leak, attempting to compel disclosure from journalists was unjustified, the Court said: Read more »
'A Canadian appellate court has reversed an earlier ruling that had media companies worldwide fearing an Internet publication chill. A lower court had asserted jurisdiction over the Washington Post based solely on an article published years earlier that was available on the Post's website. That decision attracted the attention of companies such as Reuters and Yahoo!, who appealed what was viewed as a dangerous Internet jurisdiction case.'
In marked contrast to my previous post, several United States medical practitioners have pursued defamation claims against former patients, who had criticised their doctors’ lack of skill and proficiency on public websites: Read more »
'The introduction of model defamation laws in NSW, Victoria, SA and WA meant there was a realistic prospect of a national defamation scheme, according to NSW Attorney General Bob Debus.'
Originally by CCH Australia, 5:19 PM
Lawyers representing BT Ireland have called on the owner of BTIrelandsucks.com to pull the plug on the site claiming it has been registered in "bad faith".…
Originally by The Register - Internet and Law: Digital Rights/Digital Wrongs, 9:52 PM
San Francisco - On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to review an important patent case that has broad implications for free speech and consumers' rights. Read more »
Originally by NYT > Technology, 7:01 PM
PC Magazine columnist John Dvorak wrote an opinion piece claiming that the technology writers at major news outlets -- namely The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fortune and Forbes -- are strongly biased to covering Apple news, and notably more so than they write about Apple competitors, even Microsoft. The reason, Dvorak espouses, is that the tech writers at those publications all use the Mac. Thus, their familiarity with Apple and, in some cases, favoritism of the platform tends to cloud their objectivity. Read more »