Wikipedia Germany Shut Down
from the gesundheit dept
The local German site for Wikipedia has been shut down after the parents of a deceased hacker sued the site for using his real name. It’s unclear on exactly what grounds the parents sued, whether it’s because they trademarked his name, or simply don’t want his full name used and interpret doing so as a violation of their privacy. In any case, ordering the entire site shut down seems like an awfully big overreaction, but does illustrate the potential repercussions of people who take exception to Wikipedia content. But, as James Enck points out, the shutdown is also pointless — the original article is still available from Wikipedia’s US servers, even the version in German. The German court order also says that the hacker’s full name can’t be mentioned on wikipedia.org sites, again raising the question of just where local jurisdiction stops on the internet. Update: It appears that the press (as they often do) got some of the facts on this story mixed up. Nothing was actually taken down. A page that had pointed people to the German Wikipedia page was forced to stop doing so briefly, and that was it.