Warning to chatroom users after libel award for man labelled a Nazi.
"Mr Keith-Smith told the Guardian that he took action after a debate about the Iraq war in 2003 on a Yahoo! message board with about 100 members turned ugly. "She was very pro-Bush. Initially, she called me lard brain and I wasn't particularly concerned about that. Then she called me a Nazi," he said."
posted by gsb
on Mar 23, 2006 -
New Jersey Assemblyman Peter Biondi
didn't like that he
and his friends
are getting flamed
on the news portal NJ.com by people named, inter alia, "frenchtoast2." So he introduced a bill,
and that bill would require "operators of interactive computer services" to make members' real names available upon demand, and allow content providers to be sued for contributory defamation. And he saw that this was good.
And that was the first day.
posted by Saucy Intruder
on Mar 7, 2006 -
The High Court of Australia has decided
that you can defame someone in Australia by posting an article on a website hosted outside Australia, if that article is read by people inside Australia. I suppose this means that anyone posting on the internet is subject to Australian defamation law. (Unless you decide to block requests from Australian browsers.)
posted by grestall
on Dec 10, 2002 -
The Anti-Defamation League has categorized the circle-A anarchy sign
as "General Racist Symbol" (although in the Background info, they state: "The majority of people who identify with this movement consider themselves non-racist or anti-racist"). Kinda wacky.
posted by gluechunk
on Feb 7, 2001 -