From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: What's going on in Australia?
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 11:08:58 -0800
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On Wed, 25 Dec 2002 06:41:50 GMT, onestone
>> So how is internet piblication "cowardly"?
>If they published in Australia they could and would be sued here. The
>same for any country they physically published in. What I consider
>cowardice is that by using the internet they assumed they could not be
>sued outside of the country where the publication was posted, ie the
>friendly and biased USA legal system. No case law existed before the
>Victorian court decision.
So, you contend that it is cowardly to host a web site in your own
country, and post items there in accordance with local law?
If an editorial in The London Times criticizes a genocidal tyrant in
an obscure tropical hellhole, is the tyrant entitled to collect
damages because the act is 'slander' in his own country?
The American Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, leans
heavily toward freedom of expression; this has been confirmed by the
Supreme Court to allow nearly any statements about 'public figures'
without fear of reprisal.
The Internet poses some very tricky international problems in this
respect, as in the case of, say, Nazi flags for sale on ebay, or free
distribution of software that can be used to violate the US DMCA laws.