Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Will Indymedia server-siezure incident set precedent?
This article in the Register says:
" . . . the procedure ought to send shivers down the spine of every publishing organisation on the Internet. It is clearly perfectly possible for their operations to be crippled without warning, without their being told what it is they've done, and without explanation. Depending on whether the authorities (under the international MLAT [Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty -- di] regime this could be many, many authorities) want something you've got or just want to stop you doing something, the crippling could be pretty extensive and pretty long term. If they want you to stop doing something then they'll quite likely want your backups as well . . .The law around these MLATs is still young and due process is still being shaped. MLATs do seem to be proliferating. No globalization without representation!
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