p2pnet news | Freedom:- A lower court decision dismissing an online libel suit launched by Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes against Yahoo!, MySpace, and a group of bloggers has been upheld by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, says Ottawa law professor and columnist Michael Geist.
“The court rejected the view that a court should presume that something posted online on a restricted access site has been widely read by people in the local community,” he says.
Yahoo was sued by Crookes, together with Wikimedia, Pbwiki, MySpace, Openpolitics.ca, Domains by Proxy, Michael Pilling, Hayley Easton, Kate Holloway, Craig Hubley, Frank Cameron, Catharine Johannson, Gareth White, various anonymous personages and, most recently, Geist, p2pnet posted a little under a year ago, going on:
“p2pnet, already targeted by Sharman Networks, is also named.
“Crookes, whose case against Warren De Simone was recently dismissed, claims linking to links which link to items which displease him amounts to defamation.”
The BC Supreme Court dismissed with costs one of the Crookes libel lawsuits, Geist said in September, 2007, going on >>>
The suit against Yahoo!, MySpace and a group of individual defendants, which centred on postings on a Yahoo Groups forum, was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Yahoo successfully argued that it was not subject to B.C. jurisdiction in this case since it has no offices in Canada (as opposed to Yahoo Canada), is not registered to do business in Canada, and does not maintain servers for Yahoo Groups in Canada.
Crookes’ case against me is still pending.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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