Tag Archives: Internet

More on defamation, blogging and anonymity

In the Liskula Cohen “NYC skank” case, Cohen successfully sued Blogger to get them to disclose the identity of an anonymous blogger who had defamed her by calling her (inter alia) “skankiest in NYC”. Now we’ve apparently had a similar case in Australia. Self-help guru Jamie McIntyre launched the action in September this year after […]

Work and Social Networking

Social networking sites bring up a whole load of complications as they can lead to a blurring of the line between personal and professional. In a post on the topic of social networking I wrote a while back, a commenter, Chris, alerted me to a powerpoint slideshow on social networking here. It’s worth looking at […]

Georgian police arrest World’s Oldest Hacker

An elderly woman in Georgia is facing a prison sentence after reportedly causing internet services in neighbouring Armenia to crash. The country found itself offline for hours on 28 March after cables linking Georgia to Armenia were damaged. A Georgian interior ministry spokesman said a 75-year-old woman had admitted damaging fibre-optic cables while scavenging for […]

GST and online sales

Over here in Australia, we’re trying to distract ourselves from the calamitous cricket result by focusing on other fights. (God, I can’t even watch said cricket any more. Too upsetting.) Retailer Gerry Harvey sparked a furore a few days ago by demanding that the government impose GST on internet sales. The Australian Retailer News reports: […]

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Sexting and the St Kilda football team

Sorry I haven’t been about much. It’s been nuts, literally. But I thought I’d write about the furore which has arisen in Melbourne after a 17-year-old girl posted photos of nude AFL players from St Kilda football club in retaliation for alleged ill treatment at the hands of various players. The Age reported yesterday: St […]

Defamation and the Net – beware anonymous defamatory comments…

The Montreal Gazette reports that ?mainstream media outlets are increasingly cracking down on anonymous commenters on their site: ?This month, Thomson Reuters, one of the largest media companies in the world, announced it would no longer allow anonymous comments on its website, citing the comments’ “repetition, taste, legal risk or political bias”. The shift away […]

Hoist by their own petard

I think it’s fair to say that Heath G and I share an obsession with fantastically unsuccessful defamation actions that result in the very opposite outcome to that which the plaintiff sought to achieve. At Minimal State, Heath has a post about the best one yet, involving a hapless company named T & J Towing: […]

Cyberbullying and the law

[Cross posted at Fortnightly Review, the new online journal founded by IPRIA and the CMCL at the University of Melbourne. Please check out Fortnightly Review – it’s well worth a look.] 1. CYBER-BULLYING Cyber-bullying in Australia – Facebook It’s not only Lara Bingle and other celebrities who have to worry about cyber-bullying, “sexting” and how […]

Judges can “Google” too

The Second Circuit of the Court of Appeals in the US has handed down a decision concluding that it’s permissible for a judge to use Google to confirm a hunch in some circumstances (United States v Bari). The defendant was one Anthony Bari who was released on terms from prison after committing a bank robbery. […]