Reporter Seeks U.N. Help In Net Jurisdiction Case

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It’s a topic that just won’t go away. How do we deal with internet jurisdictional issues. One of the original cases that brought attention to this topic was on the question of whether or not a reporter for an American newspaper, who had his stories posted on an American web server could be sued for defamation in Australia. The Australian Supreme Court said “hell, yes” opening up all sorts of legal ramifications. The reporter in question has now gone to the UN, to ask them for help. He wants the UN to declare that Australia has violated his free-speech rights because he “must defend his article, lawful when written and published in the United States, by traveling to Australia and being subjected to an alien legal and curial process which does not respect freedom of expression.”

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Anonymous Coward says:

same thing in New Zealand...

…when that American, pot smoking insurance
executive got nabbed at customs, his wealth
(and in particular the solicitor he was able to
hire) kept his name out of the press.

Fortunatly, the free press in North America
latched on to the story and published the details.
Well, after posting this information to a NZ
news group, the net.citizenry got all worked up
in a tizzy about disrespecting their (stupid)

What can I say? …the Internet is like that;
stop f#@$ing sheep and get on with your life.

JIm Tsoj says:

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I’d think you need to decide by server. This is not “correct” in all cases, but surely makes it simple. Also, each site must provide you with what country it is…you can do it in most cases by IP = but it should make it legal. So, if you do not post special info on the site you problem – you can be sued.

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