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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Wiki Boss speaks out against Injunctions

Jimmy Wales (The founder of Wikipedia) has suggested that injunctions and super injunctions are a ‘human rights violation’.

Mr Wales said "There should be no law constraining people form publishing legally obtained, factual infromation".
Anybody can edit and update the online encyclopaedia, and this has created a bit of controversy and trouble for Wales regarding super injunction laws. Users have been posting details on Wikipedia linking people to recent injunctions that have been made.

The information however, is removed as soon as possible, but not because of the law implications, but also because of unreliable sourcing.

Its US-based ownership means that it follows US law, and shares the same loophole that lead to the recent Twitter postings claiming to reveal the super-injunction made by a number of celebrities. However, pressure is beginning to grow on websites such as twitter as thUK government tries to decide how to handle such incidents.
The BBC statesUsers worried by libellous tweets are advised to contact a lawyer.’
The BBC’s full report can be found here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13372839
Source – BBC.co.uk


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