From: Mike Harding
Subject: Re: What's going on in Australia?
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 09:14:02 +1100
References: <3E08564F.F1FFF559@bigpond.net.au> <3E09530E.9308C136@bigpond.net.au>
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 22:06:01 +0000 (UTC)
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On Thu, 26 Dec 2002 11:08:58 -0800, John Larkin
>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?
Surely the basic difference is that The Times is not published
in said obscure tropical hell hole but when you publish on the
net you publish right across the world.