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In an ironic twist of fate, Kazaa owner Sharman Networks, a so-called p2p company, threatens to undermine p2pnet’s mission, my livelihood and the blog concept itself in Canada. Sharman and Kazaa ceo Nikki Hemming have filed a libel lawsuit against p2pnet.
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Meanwhile, the Sharman / Hemming suit appears to be a straight defamation claim, but what’s really on trial is whether or not an online publication – a blog – can be held responsible for something someone else posts. Or put another way, rather than being a publisher, is it in reality a content filter acting on behalf of persons unknown?
And there’s something else: as far as I’m concerned, an anonymous post is the same as a confidential source. I don’t have to like a post, or even agree with it. But I believe that as an honest and responsible human being, I do have to safeguard the poster, if indeed I know who he or she is which in this cased, I don’t.
If Sharman wins it’ll make life a potential hell for bloggers in Canada, at the least. And you can bet the case will be used as a reference for similar actions around the world.
That’s why I’m going to fight it vigorously in front of a jury, with or without a lawyer.
p2pnet.net went online in August, 2002. It was the first Internet web page to carry daily, frequently updated news stories, features and commentaries discussing developments in the p2p and digital media arenas.
p2pnet’s focus is on digital media and file sharing, but the ultimate goal has always been to help launch a non-profit, collaborative and censor-free international news service through which on- and offline community print and electronic media outlets can access and exchange news which hasn’t been spun, filtered and pre-digested by vested corporate interests.
Because that’s what p2p is really all about – sharing information and data – and it’ll become increasingly important to the way world societies and cultures interact and function with each other.
That’s been p2pnet’s official mission statement for at least a couple of years, if not longer.
So this is more than merely p2pnet, which survives on the breadline, being bullied by Sharman Networks and Nikki Hemming, with millions of dollars behind them.
In the same way that I have faith in my online friends and neighbours, I also have more faith in my fellow Canadians than I do in the ability of Sharman and Hemming’s attempts to stomp p2pnet, in the process stifling freedom of speech here, and gaining a weapon for it and other similar corporations to use elsewhere.
That’s why I’ll be fighting this case before a jury.
And IMHO, I have three edges.
1 There are millions of potential on- and offline sleuths out there with access to a lot of interesting data which could be used as courtroom material;
2 There are also a lot of people who value a free and open internet; and,
3 The Canadian Charter of Rights enshrines freedom of expression, and even the ancient law of defamation needs to be respectful of that fundamental freedom.
And remember: the way in which this case is resolved could have a very serious chilling affect on blogs and bloggers everywhere, not only in Canada. So it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, if you value freedom of expression, please help me to get the best expert legal advice I can —- for all our sakes.
Cheers! And thanks …