New York Times Tells Brits They Can't Read Article On UK Terror Case

from the jurisdictional-silliness dept

Questions of legal jurisdiction over online content are nothing new at all. Over the years, we've pointed to plenty of legal cases that raised issues about online publications, and whether the content was liable under local laws in countries outside of where the publisher (or its servers) were based. Unfortunately, there still isn't a general agreement on what laws apply, and that makes things risky. Apparently, the NY Times didn't want to risk any such lawsuit in the UK, so when it published an article yesterday about the British terror case, it used some of its geographic ad targeting technology to also block out visitors from the UK from reading the content. This is to stay on the right side of British laws that "prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial." Of course, the Times then went on to publish an article proudly stating how they blocked the content from UK readers, which makes you wonder how effective the ban really is. By calling attention to it, it seems pretty likely that plenty of folks in the UK will be able to read the same (or similar) content from plenty of other sources. This isn't to call out the Times for the practice, but to question whether such laws are actually still possible in a world with a global internet.

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    Wingfat, 29 Aug 2006 @ 9:53am

    So Many Way around blocking..

    there are so many ways to get around blocking of that sort. It is almost like working at a job site that blocks all sports pages. you can get around the blocking and view the sports pages all you want very very easy to do. i dont get why China even tries to block things with these easy to use applications on other web sites that allow you to view other webs sites in them. Can any one say "Cashed Search Pages?" I know the Google ones will not work with some blocking programs. but thank who ever it maybe that MS is still around. Check out the MSN Beta search site: with that search page you can serach on a "blocked" subject and then right click on the Cashed page and open in new window. The new page will be opening from and not the site you are trying to check out. One problem is Framed Pages do not work so well.. aslo check out this site for viewing of pages that get blocked in Cashed: I found this site for a color blind friend that was trying to make a MySpage page and he wanted me to check out the colors. i found that with this site you can plug in any URL you want.. it works about 80% of them time. it takes a minute or two as it copies the page from the other server and saves it on theirs for the day for you to go back and view when you want. the colors are off becasue it shows you how a page is viewed from a color blind prospective.

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