It has been a huge week for defamation law.
Last Thursday, the NSW Government announced a push to reform Australia’s uniform defamation laws. It is calling for a "cyber-age reboot".
Earlier this week, a California state appeals court handed down its decision in a pivotal lawsuit that could have significant effects on Yelp's business and anonymous speech online in general. The court determined that Yelp will have to turn over documents that could identify an anonymous user who is accused of defaming an accountant in a review posted on its website.
Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music $US400,000 ($533,429), as reported by Torrent Freak. His response? No, screw you.