[Air-l] wikipedia and defamation
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Mon Dec 5 19:45:34 PST 2005
the current AOIR debate about wikipedia highlights another problem.
It is quite easy to make legally defamatory statements on Wikipedia.
Normally, the remedy is a law suit for civil damages.
But if the author is anonymous, whom does one sue?
And yes, I know that defamation law suits are expensive and hard to do.
But at least the legal remedy is there in principle -- when the author is
known. But the Wikipedia approach is like someone flooding the mail with
anonymous defamatory photocopies.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
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