Being Nice to Wayne Crookes…

I’m not really convinced that Wendy Grossman needs to be quite so polite to Wayne Crookes in this week’s net.wars column:

In his column on the subject, Geist argues that if Crookes’ suits are successful Canadian free speech will be severely curtailed.

Who would dare run a wiki or allow comments on their blog if they are to be held to a standard that makes them liable for everything posted there? Who would even dare put a link to a third-party site on a Web site or in a blogroll if they are to be held liable for all the content not only on that site but on all sites that site links to? Especially since Crookes’s claim against Wikimedia is not that the site failed to remove the offending articles when asked, but that the site failed to monitor itself proactively to ensure that the statements did not reappear.

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