Australian Supreme Court Says It Has Jurisdiction Over A New Jersey Server
from the jurisdiction-rears-its-ugly-head...-again dept
It seems the issue of legal jurisdiction and the internet is appearing once again. A defamation suit against Dow Jones is going to proceed in Australia, despite the story being published on a website in New Jersey. Dow Jones has argued that the case should be tried in the US, seeing as how they published the article in the US. However, the Australian Supreme Court says that since the artice was available on the web in Australia, it's as if they had published it in Australia as well. This question of internet jurisdiction keeps coming up, and I'd say this is a terrible ruling. It means that, technically, anyone who publishes anything on the internet could face charges anywhere in the world. If people followed that, it would be nearly impossible to publish anything online.