Walt_Stumper - 3:29 pm on Aug 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
freedom of speech, that's all good. but what about personal rights? right to one's own picture, legal defense options in case of being slaughtered by a hate mob?
European libel laws are certainly not the ideal anyone wants when faced with a lawsuite...
Libel tourism came to international prominence in 2005, when Saudi billionaire Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz sued New York-based author Rachel Ehrenfeld in a British Court over her book Funding Evil. Even though the book was not published in the U.K., 23 copies purchased via the Internet provided Mahfouz with enough grounds to sue Ehrenfeld in England, where libel judgments are easier to obtain. Ehrenfeld refused to participate in the proceedings, was ordered to pay £10,000 and legal costs. In response, New York and five other states passed their own libel tourism laws.
In 2007, Mahfouz forced Cambridge University Press (CUP) to rescind publication of J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collinsís Alms for Jihad, in the face of another controversial libel suit in a British Court. In a move that garnered significant media coverage worldwide, CUP was forced to pulp copies of the book, put the book out of print, ask libraries to pull the book from the shelves, pay damages, and in an extraordinary move, issue a public apology on its web site.
One can read the rest of the story at [publishersweekly.com ], were you can read about a new US law protecting us from European lawsuit happy plantiffs!
Moving back on topix just a bit...when did Topix turn into the mess I see it is? Last I looked (perhaps a couple of years ago) they were a news gathering site similiar to Google News, Yahoo News, etc.
It hurts my head to look at this website! (Now maybe here's a place to pass a law outlawing badly designed websites.) I gather the "social networking" stuff is the controversial part...