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Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down 346

Posted by timothy
from the slapp-in-the-face dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this month, the US approved a new law to fight against so-called 'libel tourism,' the practice of suing US companies in foreign jurisdictions (quite frequently, the UK) which do not have the same level of free speech protections. The new law, the SPEECH Act, may now get put to the test, as lawyers for a guy named Jeffrey Morris in the UK, who was upset about some comments on a 2004 blog post on Techdirt, have demanded the entire site shut down due to those unidentified comments."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:02PM (#33384244)

    It's legal in the U.S. to be racist, homophobic, a Holocaust denier

    In fact, it almost seems to be the norm.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:09PM (#33384326)

    Neither. In two days you will be visited by an old man with a bowler hat and a handlebar mustache. He will knock on your door and ask if you have any ketchup. The next day the same man will appear dressed as a clown sitting in your car. For your own safety just ignore him. You won't see him for two days, and then he will appear in your living room dressed as a devil. Don't worry. He will leave immediately.

    After that I can't be sure what will happen, but it will be one of two things. Either you will never see him again, or he will appear in your bedroom just as you're going to bed. I won't describe his appearance. If you're not going to find out, it's better to not know.

    If he does appear that one last time, do not fall asleep or you will never wake up again.

    Such are the consequences of a first post.

    Sweet dreams.

  • by c++0xFF (1758032) on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:13PM (#33384402)

    Oh, great. Now he's going to sue Slashdot!

    Keep your comments to yourself next time.

  • by swanzilla (1458281) on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:20PM (#33384476) Homepage

    Why can the US enforce it's own very restrictive copyright laws and extradite people from oh, I don't know, Australia for example, to face criminal copyright infringement charges; only to turn around and then prevent its citizens (real or corporate) to be shielded from other countries' laws?

    Because, the rest of the world can suck it!

    [cracks Budweiser]

    USA! USA! USA!

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohnNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:23PM (#33384522) Journal

    Neither. In two days you will be visited by an old man with a bowler hat and a handlebar mustache. He will knock on your door and ask if you have any ketchup. The next day the same man will appear dressed as a clown sitting in your car. For your own safety just ignore him. You won't see him for two days, and then he will appear in your living room dressed as a devil. Don't worry. He will leave immediately.

    Well, those are the most accurate descriptions of the Slashdot editors I've heard. And it sounds like they are really stepping up their anti-First Post campaign.

    Straight from simple filters all the way to the handlebar clown devil treatment. No intermediary steps at all. Now that's how things get done on the internet!

  • I have to say, Jeffrey Morris is a twit, he got my dog pregnant, he pissed in my refrigerator, and I'm pretty sure I saw him talking to Osama Bin Laden and Mel Gibson. Jeffrey Morris smells funny, kind of like fermented horsepiss and turnips. Jeffrey Morris's girlfriend left him for quadriplegic asexual carnival freak.

    Ha ha, my plan to shut down /. is practically complete!!!

  • by AK Marc (707885) on Thursday August 26, 2010 @02:58PM (#33385022)
    Well, for one, most places have more than one street. In Atlanta, every road is named Peach Tree. That's enough of a difference for me.
  • by PopeRatzo (965947) * on Thursday August 26, 2010 @03:03PM (#33385120) Homepage Journal

    It's legal in the U.S. to be racist, homophobic

    Not just legal...highly encouraged.

  • by santax (1541065) on Thursday August 26, 2010 @03:06PM (#33385160)
    You don't ask the USA how the rest of the world thinks about them... That will fuck up such a great 'scientific research'. How do you think this poll would come out with Bush still as president and without the USA being able to participate? Do you really think it would be better? I know you guys are sometimes a bit ignorant, but trust me mate... go here on the streets and ask what people find about the USA politics. Then be a man and admit you were wrong. But having said that, feel free to keep your head in the sand. It's just a shame that you aren't able to have a critical look at your country and see what it is doing wrong.
  • by santax (1541065) on Thursday August 26, 2010 @03:33PM (#33385594)
    The USA was allowed to enter the poll... come on, I don't have to explain that this is not the way to find out about public opinion of the foreign thoughts. Besides, the people here don't participate in such polls. They tell what they feel in bars and at work. Come on mate, do I really have to explain this? Even that poll itself calls it the Obama-effect.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2010 @03:44PM (#33385764)

    I read somewhere that some people say Jeff Morris raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. He has yet to publically deny these allegations.

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