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    B.C. Supreme Court Dismisses One Crookes Libel Suit

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    Tuesday September 04, 2007
    The British Columbia Supreme Court today dismissed with costs one of the Crookes libel lawsuits.  The suit against Yahoo!, MySpace and a group of individual defendants, which centred on postings on a Yahoo Groups forum, was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.  Yahoo successfully argued that it was not subject to B.C. jurisdiction in this case since it has no offices in Canada (as opposed to Yahoo Canada), is not registered to do business in Canada, and does not maintain servers for Yahoo Groups in Canada. 

    Given the lack of connection to Canada, the court ruled that Crookes needed to demonstrate that the alleged defamation was committed here.  In order to do so, he needed to show that the allegedly defamatory postings were "accessed, downloaded, and read by someone in British Columbia."  The judge concluded that Crookes failed to tender such evidence and therefore dismissed the case.  Other arguments - including a real and substantial connection analysis or the jurisdictional clause in the Yahoo terms of use were not addressed by the court.
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    The CBC on Net Libel Chill

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    Friday August 17, 2007

    The National featured a lengthy report on Internet libel last night focusing on the Zeke's Gallery and Crookes' cases.  The story, which did an excellent job of highlighting the core issues, has posted by LibelChill.ca on YouTube.  I'm featured in the piece and wrote about these concerns earlier this year.


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    Wayne Crookes Reportedly Sues Me Over My Blogroll

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    Tuesday May 29, 2007
    There are several reports (here, here, and here) that Wayne Crookes, who previously launched suits against a wide range of parties including Wikipedia, Yahoo, and a domain name registrar, has sued me in B.C. courts for defamation.  I have not been served with the suit, but the reports indicate that I am being sued for an allegedly defamatory third party comment on my site that I took down and for writing about, and linking to, P2PNet.net, which in turn linked to another site that allegedly contained a defamatory posting.  In other words, I'm reportedly being sued for maintaining a blogroll that links to a site that links to a site that contains some allegedly defamatory third party comments.
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    Crookes Responds to Column

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    Thursday May 03, 2007
    Wayne Crookes has responded to this week's column on his lawsuits in a letter to the editor.
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