Bloggers and the law…

Tom Raftery’s fascinating podcast interview with TJ McIntyre Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland. They pick out something of a doomsday scenario over defamation law in the Republic (and its not hugely different in the UK). McIntyre, however, is hopeful that a new defamation law expected soon will liberalise the law. Though he’s concerned that the last proposed draft took little account of developments online. This is all important stuff. Though the interview perhaps underestimates the latent power of a vast online network.

  • Mick,

    Thanks for the link.

    You might be right about underestimating the latent power of the online network – or not, I don’t know, none of us does, It hasn’t been tested.

    I do know though of one Irish blogger who received a summons to the High Court and rather than see if the online network would pony up the tens of thousands of pounds needed for his legal defence, he pulled the content (see http://www.tomrafteryit.net/publish-and-be-damned-or-possibly-lose-your-house/).

    Tom