The day before yesterday, my wife and I were forced to file for bankruptcy, and as a direct result, we’re also going to have to apply for social welfare. Until now, we’ve always paid our own way and we hate like hell having to look to the state for support.
At the same time I’m facing life-changing health problems.
Meanwhile, and not at all incidentally, at a Supreme Court hearing in which I was the central figure, Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes tried to freeze the net by having the decision by BC Appeals Court judge Stephen Kelleher that linking is not the same as publishing reversed.
If he’d succeeded, it would’ve meant the end of the Internet in Canada and would’ve echoed loudly around the world.
All kinds of high-priced corporate lawyers were at the hearing, representing all kinds of big fat corporate clients, such as Google and Yahoo, for big fat fees.
Dan Burnett of the Vancouver law firm Owen Bird defended me pro bono in this milestone Supreme Court of Canada hyperlinking case, and he wrote to me privately, “your name will have a positive impact on the law for many years to come. It has already been cited by courts at all levels across Canada and received attention internationally. ”
That’s wonderful and I’m proud to be a central figure in such a legal landmark. But It’s not going to pay any bills and I and my family are now struggling.
It’s like that wry joke: “Apart from that, Mrs. Kennedy, did you enjoy the ride?”
Jon Newton – myblogdammit
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