Monday, October 22, 2007

Sheffield Wednesday

The Register - Judge orders football website to name 'libellous' posters

Guardian - Warning to abusive bloggers as judge tells site to reveal names

OUT-law News - Sheffield Wednesday can't unmask 'saloon-bar moaners', says libel judge

Bartholemew - Identities of Internet "Saloon-Bar Moaners" Protected

Please note that the following thoughts are based primarily on hypothectical circumstances more likely to relate to poorly-regulated weblogs than forums:

- What if the "seven of eleven individuals" who are protected are all the same individual and/or a small group deliberately using "trivial attack(s)" to bolster, boost or 'boot' the primary attack?

- Those running anonymous weblogs and/or poorly-regulated weblogs that allow for repeated anonymous smears 'jokes' will want to take a long, hard look at the costs accrued in revealing the identities of those involved. There are ways of retrieving historical comment-related IP data from months back that you may not even be aware of, and most of them are extremely expensive.

- Expenses that seem prohibitive (to you) could conceivably prevent a libel action, but they could just as easily be dumped right in your lap.


Jherad said...

Interesting. Is this suggesting that the commenters themselves are to be held solely liable, rather than the owner of the blog/forum and ISP? Or am I reading too much in to it?

Tim said...

I doubt solely.

Lobster Blogster said...

There's a simple moral here. If you want to indulge in repeated anonymous smears, remember to do it from an internet cafe.

Tim said...

Heh. I'll add a link for those who can't detect sarcasm:

Woman who stalked July 7 victim on internet is jailed

Lobster Blogster said...

Point of order, Mr Chairman. If I were to repeat the saying:

"Those who live by the sword, die by the sword"

I wouldn't actually be guilty of advocating that people should be run through with swords.

Plus I should add that if your repeated anonymous smears are of a consistently sinister nature, you probably will get caught, whatever medium you choose to propagate them by.

Tim said...

I took your comment as a mocking suggestion, given how some recent unpleasantness largely concluded with an arrest in an internet cafe.