This is my blog, dammit. Because of that I’m allowed to post the occasional . personalised item, and this is one such:
As some of you know, I used to publish p2pnet, a freedom of speech advocacy site funded by advertisers and, in effect, by Cliff Haerden over in Belgium who supplied the bandwidth and p2pnet servers free of charge.
Cliff does the same for myblogdammit
Back in those days, my income came principally from advertising space I rented out on p2pnet. But it was more of a commitment than a business.
Then, largely because of the economic crunch we’re still experiencing, I lost my income in one fell swoop. But before that happened I was able to repay a small part the debt I owe the Internet when a petty, mean-minded Vancouver businessman and ex-Green Party of Canada financier named Wayne Crookes tried to sue me for defamation.
He said that, by linking to defamatory articles, I published them.
As Nate Anderson summed it up in his Ars Technica article,
“Imagine Twitter and Facebook—two sites that are rife with user-created hyperlinks—in a world where users could be held liable for everything at a linked location. Or imagine a search engine like Google, one which specializes in providing hyperlinks to a huge array of content, legal and otherwise. Liability, made too broad, could be nothing less than an Internet-killer (at least in Canada).”
Crookes was determined to hold the net , and, by default every online Canadian, to ransom and thanks to him, the case dragged on through to the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court in the land.
His attempt to shanghai the Internet in Canada failed, and the rest is now online history.
In the meanwhile, I’m still trying to piece my life back together after several major health setbacks, and this is to thank Angel (Frost wire) and Todd, (iVideo Converter) two former p2pnet advertisers, for supporting me once again.
So — thank you 🙂
Jon Newton — myblogdammit
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