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Canadian Forum Owners Fined, to Hand Over IP's

posts on message board lead to legal action

3:11 pm on Mar 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This is a political message board. The ruling came down this week concerning a thread and "hateful" comments by posters. The court has ordered that the website owners hand over the IP addresses of 8 posters who made "hateful" comments which controvene Canada's laws against hate speech.

Full disclosure, I was a member of that forum at the time of the "issue", I was not in agreement with the posters in question. In fact I was eventually banned because I disagreed with many of the comments and they did not like reading contrary opinions.

It is a political message board, so please lets leave the topic of the "hateful" comments out of the discussion and only discuss the implications for Canadians webmasters operating message boards.

In the future, if you leave illegal comments on your forum, you may be held accountable.

Website owners ordered to ID message board users

The Kingston owners of a ... website have been ordered to identify eight people who anonymously posted defamatory material about Ottawa anti-hate-speech campaigner Richard Warman.

In a ruling this week, Judge Stanley Kershman of Ontario Superior Court ordered Mark Fournier and Connie Wilkins-Fournier, owners of the Free Dominion website, to disclose the names.


[edited by: rogerd at 3:37 pm (utc) on Mar. 27, 2009]