It is well documented that ZGeek has been harassed with legal action since 2010. Unfortunately, we are once again being sued. This time around; ZGeek is named in a defamation suit along with the co-defendant, Google. We are being sued for user comments on the site and Google is being sued for listing these in their search results.
Our message is, we are seeking any NSW based lawyer who can help us to fight these erroneous claims. The person suing us seems keen to go ahead, they have even planned to move interstate to sue me (now that’s commitment!).
This case is very important; if we are found liable, all webmasters in Australia will be liable for their user comments. Basically this is Australia’s version of SOPA. If they win, no webmaster is going to allow free comments on Australian based sites as they could be sued.
So it’s important for us to find a lawyer ASAP. Or the only person going to be defending your freedom of speech online is me. I’m a person that is excellent at technology and computers, but my law skills are a little lacking.
If you or anyone knows a lawyer around Sydney who is willing to take on the case, please contact them on behalf of ZGeek. Ask the prospective lawyer to contact me via this address – email@example.com.
Further more, donations can once again be made to the ZGeek paypal account (on the right of this page) or by direct transfer. In addition to donations, you can simply purchase a subscription. All money goes to the legal fund and any left over money is funnelled back into the running costs of the site. I want to make this perfectly clear – I am not profiting from this in any way. ZGeek is a non-profit organisation set up for its members.
Gizmodo’s take – Ok it’s not Australia’s SOPA (told you I was not good with this legal stuff) 😀