Dateline Ottawa Airport – p2pnet view P2P:- Wayne Crookes and Julian Assange have both made major contributions in proving the net is rapidly becoming THE news and information dissemination vehicle of the 21st digital century, Assange in a positive sense, and Crookes in a distinctly negative one.
Assange spreads the word online.
Crookes (right) wants to shut it down.
He claims linking to a story is the same as publishing it and tried to get me to yank a link to an item he said defamed him.
I refused, he sued me and the case ultimately ended in the Supreme Court of Canada.
A former senior Green Party of Canada official, Crookes’ earlier assertions that his name had been sullied reached only a very few people, relatively speaking.
Now millions of people know him as the man who tried to turn the net in Canada, dark.
As I said to Dan Burnett, my pro bono lawyer immediately after yesterday’s hearing, justice Louise Charron pulled it all together when she stated >>>
It seems to me that if we accept the position you’re putting forth [Crookes' lawyer] , then no one should ever hyperlink. Maybe I’m a chicken, but I would not dare create a hyperlink because there might be some defamatory material, and I’ll be stuck defending myself in court, and I cannot afford it : We’re sentencing the hyperlink to death, it seems to me.
We can expect to hear the Supreme’s decision sometime within the next four to 12 months, I’m told.
What will they decide?
I believe they’ll go along the lines of BC Supreme Court judge Stephen Kelleher’s earlier ruling that website owners aren’t responsible for defamatory content on other sites to which they’ve linked.
However, if the linking website endorses the material or encourages readers to go to the linked site, the linking site may be liable because that might constitute publication, he said.
So stay tuned.
Also see Wayne Crookes vs Jon Newton
Jon Newton - p2pnet
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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