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July 16th, 2005

Both literally and metaphorically in today’s AFR (subscription required). There’s a frontpage story about a defamation action taken by a car dealer against the creator of a “dealerxsucks.com” site. The inside continuation of the story shares the page with a piece about Technorati and its woes, and the likelihood that one of the big search companies will make a takeover. And further on there’s a 1.5 page feature article lamenting the boringness of corporate blogs.

As I said in my Festival of Ideas piece, it’s striking that innovation is now flowing from the household sector (bloggers typing stuff in their spare room/study/lounge) to the business and government sectors rather than vice versa.

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  1. Terje
    July 17th, 2005 at 11:21 | #1

    I really think we should do away with defamation laws. They inhibit free speech and are merely a plaything of the rich. When did you last here of Joe Average sueing for defamation.

    We would be better off tightening privacy laws and doing away with defamation.

    To be sure people have a right to defend their name and their reputation. However does it have to be through the courts. If you cuss me should I draw my sword and strike you. Or should I merely admonish you verbally for your ignorance and spite.

  2. July 20th, 2005 at 17:17 | #2

    So by-by to the notion that a reputation can be an important asset, damage to with harms a person financially and unfairly if that damage was as a result of lies and malice?

    I dont like our defamation laws and their subsequent misuse as we presently experience it, but I wonder if the abolition of defamation from common law is really an option.

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