In 90s, I had a site called OTRiCS (On The Road in CyberSpace).
It was only around for about a year-and-a-half and I eventually shut it down because I couldn’t afford the bandwidth.
The Supreme Court justices haven’t yet ruled on the Wayne Crookes hyperlinks defamation case. Their decision is due any time now and when it finally arrives, I figure I’ll have done my bit for online freedom of speech. And I could sure use a change of pace.
So I’m thinking of pulling the plug on p2pnet and restarting otrics.com.
The other afternoon I mentioned this to Henry Emrich, who wondered why I thought I needed to close p2pnet.
Apart from my health challenges, among the reasons I haven’t properly started back on p2pnet is this: I think it may have reached its peak and it may be time to turn a new page.
Post podcasts, Henry suggested. Or maybe start GooTobe videos.
But given my intense, and oft -stated, dislike of all things Google, that would be really hypocritical, I said.
No worries, Henry, responded. There are plenty of other video sites and you can even host p2pnet on The Internet Archive.
Not incidentally, it’s also known as the Way Back Machine.
I haven’t yet made a final decision, but what do you-all think?
And so, for that matter is OTRiCS.
For those who don’t know about it, Crookes wants the threads which bind the World Wide Web, cut.
And he wants Marshall Rothstein, Rosalie Silberman Abella, Louise Charron, Thomas A. Cromwell, Marie Deschamps, William Ian Corneil Binnie, Beverley McLachlin, Louis LeBel, and Morris J. Fish to wield the knife.
They’re the members of the supreme court of Canada, the “final court of appeal, the last judicial resort for all litigants, whether individuals or governments”, it says, declaring, “Its jurisdiction embraces both the civil law of the province of Quebec and the common law of the other provinces and territories.”
Dr Michael Geist, University of Ottawa law professor, wrote this in the Toronto Star:
“Given the widespread use of links in emails, web pages, Facebook updates and Twitter postings, the prospect of being held legally responsible for the content on the page being linked to could have a chilling effect on Internet speech.”
During the hearing on December 7, 2010, Justice Louise Charron told Crookes’ lawyer:
“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.”
The justices’ word is law. Literally and it now remains to see whether or not Canada will be thrown back to the communication dark ages when the dissemination of information and news was almost entirely in the hands of corporate providers.
I was recently told, there’s nothing yet from the Supreme Court of Canada. Hopefully soon. Justices Binnie and Charron have both announced their retirement at the end of August, so I’d expect to see a judgment sometime soon, although technically they can write a judgment up to six months after that.
Cheers, and all the best…