Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

Kazaa Sues Blogger Over Anonymous Comments

Jason Lee Miller
Staff Writer
Published: 2006-05-25

WebProNews RSS Feed

The parent company of the controversial filesharing service Kazaa has filed suit in a Canadian court against p2pnet.net over alleged libelous comments made in the blog's comments section. The result of the lawsuit could have broad implications on the level of responsibility bloggers and forum hosts hold for third party (often anonymous) comments.

A publication of Interserver, Inc., run by John Newton, p2pnet was named in the suit alongside "John Doe, Jane Roe, Richard Roe, and Jane Roe," all anonymous and still unknown commentators on Newton's blog. The comments were directed toward Kazaa's CEO Nikki Hemming in reference to a posting entitled "Nikki Hemming's Money Mansion."

The article relayed an Associated Press story about Hemming's alleged sale of a multimillion-dollar Sydney, Australia mansion and funneling the funds to a tax haven in the islands of Vanuatu. The comments, listed in the suit by URL, are not currently viewable on the website.

Newton, who claims his website as a labor of love, says p2p.net brings in a very small amount of income. The costs of answering the lawsuit in court (to begin with), he says, are upwards of $30,000 Canadian. As such Newton will be setting up a way for fans to make donations for his legal defense while soliciting Canadian lawyers to take his case "pro bono"

Questions still remain in Canada and the United States about whether a blog publisher can be held responsible for libelous commentators. So-called "John Doe lawsuits" are becoming more prevalent from entities like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), fishing ISPs for copyright violators, and SEO company Traffic Power, who sued Aaron Wall of SEO Book for similar reasons to Kazaa. The Traffic Power case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds and the company did not pursue an appeal.

Some legal experts say the distinction may be made about whether publisher moderate the comments. If so, then that can be considered a form of editing, thereby becoming a choice of messages to convey. For others, the issue is about freedom of speech and not indulging companies in so-called "slap suits" filed to silence public detraction.

Critics applaud or assail the anonymous condition the Internet offers. While some think it is essential for free expression, others believe it opens up third parties to legal liability and shields criminals participating in unlawful or immoral conduct.


Drag this to your Bookmarks.

Add to DiggThis Yahoo My Web

Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News

About the Author:
Jason L. Miller is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

WebProNews RSS Feed

More Top News Articles

Contact WebProNews


Targeted Information for Business
WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

Developer: IT Management: Security:
DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.

 Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
 WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
About WebProNews
WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

Free Email Newsletters:
WebProNews SearchNewz
WebProWorld DevWebPro
Marketing SecurityNews
Plus over 100 other newsletters!

Send me relevant info on products and services.

Ten most recent posts.

Featured Software

WebProNews in the News
View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

Recent Articles On ...
Google eBusiness
Yahoo Ask Jeeves
MSN Blogs
Search Engines Blogging
Affiliate Programs Marketing
eCommerce Advertising
eBay Sun Microsystems
AOL Adsense
Microsoft Adwords
Oracle IBM
Amazon Apple
SEO iPod
Adsense XBox
PR Adobe

iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us