Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Information has a location - and it's Australia

Australia's high court has ruled that the financial publishers Dow Jones can be sued in the Australian state of Victoria over an article that appeared on their website. The defamation case was brought by Melbourne mining magnate Joseph Gutnik, who argued that the article could be read on the internet by people who knew him in Melbourne.

So, law is being made according to rules of transmission and reception. In other words, despite the ability of information to be nowhere and everywhere, it can do damage somewhere. Localised accountability. Interesting.

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