Email libel. A precedent.

An Ontario judge has awarded an archeologist $125K in damages after it was determined that she was libeled in an email . This opens up a HUGE can of worms, since (until this point) email was not considered a "publication". On one hand, it is encouraging that the courts have caught up and are considering the legal status of digital communications. On the other hand, lawyers and email are NOT a good mix. The lawyer in this case says that "... email should not be a lawless area.: Translation: "chasing email will be more lucrative for the legal profession than chasing ambulance." Case in point: Legal sweat shops are already in negotiations to purchase MSN users' email archives to start mining for copyright violations.

Posted: Mon - November 15, 2004 at 08:19 AM