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Mark Donald, “This means war? Baglow v. Smith and online defamation in the blogosphere”

April 17, 2013

Mark Donald  (Student At Law -Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP) has published “This means war? Baglow v. Smith and online defamation in the blogosphere”.

The article comments on the fascinating Baglow v. Smith case and its implications for defamation law in relation to political blogs and online media. It appears to be the only legal paper in existence that references Bob Marley, Thomas Hobbes, Kim Jong-un and the movie “The Untouchables”.

The link to the paper is here.

A link to an introductory summary piece intended for non-lawyers can be found here.

CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT!

April 8, 2013

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CONTENT!

Here are some random tweets from the Law Marketing Association 2013 conference using the #LMA13 hashtag:

@SatikZekian: Use relevant keywords in image filenames, separated by dashes not underscores.

@BradNeese: Put together a content editorial calendar.

@Heather_Morse: Search Yahoo Answers for content ideas. Cross check Google to see if anyone is blogging on that.

@BradNeese: Search results: Blue link is title tag; Meta description is description in link.

All thought-leading ideas to optimize your SEO social media law marketing strategy and an effective way to monetize your brand in order to generate leads, drive traffic and improve your Google ranking for your website or blog.

Oh, did I forget to mention CONTENT!?!

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Any questions? Are you content or malcontent with the contents?

Not to worry, new clients should be calling you on your iPhone to retain you in 3-2-1….

Catherine R. Gellis, “2012 State of the Law Regarding Internet Intermediary Liability for User-Generated Content”

February 4, 2013

 Catherine R. Gellis (Digital Age Defense) has published “2012 State of the Law Regarding Internet Intermediary Liability for User-Generated Content“, Business Lawyer, Vol. 68, No. 1, 2012 which contains a summary of key cases regarding 47 U.S.C. Section 230 and 17 U.S.C. Section 512.

2012 Clawbies – Canadian Law Blog Awards

December 31, 2012

Kudos to all nominees, finalists and winners in the 2012 Clawbies – Canadian Law Blog Awards.

I am gratified that the Clawbies jury panel — comprised of Steve Matthews, Jordan Furlong and Simon Fodden (for whom the eponymous Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog is named — decided to recognize some blawgers who represent the tradition of tireless and fearless blawging; not flawging and shameless self-promotion.

The ClawBies provide an object lesson for new blawgers (and for those who have forgotten or still don’t understand the point):  substance always trumps form.  Whether you blawg for fun or profit, remember to always share link-love and promote others, especially those with whom you disagree; this is the key to building a lasting online reputation among your peers and the public. How you define success ultimately depends upon you, but failure often reeks of desperation and cheap cologne.

The Canadian blawgosphere appears alive and well and let’s hope it continues into 2013 and beyond.

From the Censorious Criminal Libel Files (Canada Edition)

December 11, 2012

 

 

BCCLA demands watchdog investigate RCMP actions against critic | BC Civil Liberties Association.:

 

New information in unsealed court documents has the BCCLA demanding an investigation into the RCMP for seizing the computers of a man who says he was helping unhappy RCMP members post their concerns online. On August 18, 2012, Grant Wakefield’s computers and cell phone were seized in a joint RCMP Major Crime and New Westminster Police Department operation.

The RCMP has confirmed that Wakefield was the informant whose information and photographs started high profile code of conduct and criminal investigations into Port Coquitlam RCMP officer Jim Brown’s activities. Simultaneously, Wakefield was also anonymously assisting disgruntled members of the RCMP to run a blog called the “Re-Sergence Alliance” blog, a blog that posted alleged RCMP front line member concerns about RCMP management and policy online.

 

The BCCLA adds:

 

“We’re asked to believe the RCMP used the resources of their major crime section, computer forensics team, the Federal Department of Justice, and a search warrant, to investigate what amounts to conspiracy theories posted in the comment section of an erotic blog and a Twitter account with thirteen followers,” said Eby. “Defamatory comments are made every day on the internet, and the RCMP doesn’t send their major crime team to investigate. What makes this case unique is that the man who had his computers taken away by the police was using those computers to help unhappy RCMP members publish their concerns online.”

The BCCLA is demanding the Commission for Public Complaints investigate the entire RCMP operation against Grant Wakefield, and has written to them to file a complaint.

Click here to read the unsealed court documents >>

Click here to read the BCCLA’s letter to the Commission for Public Complaints >>

 

The decision of P. D. Gulbransen, J. partially unsealing the RCMP search warrant is reported at B.C. Civil Liberties Association v. Regina, 2012 BCPC 406 (CanLII).

 

Criminalization of defamation is a pernicious form of libel chill and is anathema to a free and democratic society.  It is high time for the archaic and illiberal criminal offence of defamatory libel to be relegated to the dustbin of legal history.

 


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