Someone who prefers to remain anonymous writes "It seems Sharman and Nikki Hemming have become court junkies... as if fighting copyright cases in both the United States and Australia isn't enough, now it appears they have turned on file sharing news site P2Pnet.net. Although owner operator Jon Newton is keeping quiet about the libel suit, Slyck.com has done some research and it appears that the Kazaa parties have lodged a civil action in the British Columbia Court of Appeals against him and his site. It also appears as though Jon is being sued, not for something he wrote, but for comments made on his site by members of the public." This is unfortunate for a variety of reasons. First, that Kazaa would go after a news site, but that they would sue the site for its comments. The case in Canada, where the laws may be different, but in the US it's pretty clear (still disputed in some areas) that the publisher of a website is not responsible for what others say on their site. This is the way things should be, as it would basically make any online forum impossible to run otherwise -- as the publisher would be entirely liable for all comments the publisher had no control over. Right now the details are still missing, but this is a strange move and one that seems to smack of desperation.
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