From: "Phil Allison"
References: <3E08564F.F1FFF559@bigpond.net.au> <3E09530E.9308C136@bigpond.net.au>
Subject: Re: What's going on in Australia?
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Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 09:49:43 +1100
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"John Larkin" wrote in
> 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?
** Idiot straw man.
> 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?
** Another idiot straw man. False logic par excellance.
> 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.
** Bullshit. Freedom of expresion is NOT freedom to defame.
Ask Clint Eastwood and hundreds of others.