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  • Whilst perhaps this is the first English case to be litigated in this way, it might be worth noting that the precedent has already been set for us computer geeks in the SCO -v- world bogo cases mostly in Utah starting in 2003 and covered relentlessly on groklaw.net - still grinding on after more than 7 years and despite SCO (thankfully) losing virtually everything.

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  • What will be extraordinary about this case is if it results in changes to defamation law, especially as interpreted by certain judges. We really need to lose the reputation of being the global libel jurisdiction du jour.

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  • On the other hand, in my Employment Tribunal case against Kingston University, where relevant evidence was published on the internet, the Respondent and Tribunal used that publication as evidence of "unreasonable, vexatious and/or scandalous" conduct of the proceedings, and the CPS prosecuted me for 'harassment,' convicting me in absentia, only to have the case thrown out by a District Judge for breaching my human rights to a fair trial. Now I find myself, once, again, on the dock in a new trial for harassment, set to take place on 22-23 July.

    So much for wikilitigation, which when unsupported by huge force of legal arms, results in decimation of the less well armed party. Whereas the Respondent was able to spend nearly £500,000 of public money on the case in order to silence truthful disclosure.

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