Monday, December 01, 2008

Drew "MySpace" Ruling Makes Bad Law

The Lori Drew "MySpace" suicide case is a perfect example of a hard case making bad law. There are no winners in this sad, sad situation. That said, the tragedy that befell the young suicide Megan Meier, which some believe to have been caused at least indirectly by Drew & company's machinations, and our desire to extract retribution, does not justify interpreting federal law in a way that would make criminals of the millions of people who have entered false information as part of a website registration.

It would not surprise me to see this verdict overturned, if not by the trial judge, then by the 9th Circuit on appeal.

For an excellent discussion of this case, the court's ruling, and its implications, see this Groklaw entry and the Electronic Frontier Foundation amicus brief cited therein.

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