December 19, 2002
NORAH VINCENT, still smarting from a bogus accusation of plagiarism a while back, thinks that the Australian High Court decision in the Gutnick case will bring some discipline to "blowhard bloggers." Actually, though, I think she has it exactly backward. The more likely result of widespread transnational regulation of the Internet will be to limit the blogosphere to people who are judgment proof, or successfully anonymous, neither of which is likely to cut down on the number of bogus accusations. (Here's a link to my piece in The Australian on what the case is likely to mean.)
The Washington Post, meanwhile, has a pretty good feature on legal issues relating to bloggers. I encourage people to read it.