Legal isseus update 4/5
Going-on issue 2
email: Aphaia @ gmail (dot) com
Going-on issue 2: K.M. vs "Wikipedia Japan"(sic)
Case 2: Warning of assucsation to a libel of "Wikipedia Japan"(sic) on
some administrative activities; including deletion and page protection
Curent status: Dormant
Period: from February 2004 till June 2004
1. Is deletion of articles libel to a certain organisation or not?
2. Are POV articles libel to a certain organisation or not?
3. Is page protection libel or not?
4. Will K.M. have any benefits from the above accusations?
K.M. is a registered user on Japanese and English Wikipedia, and has
been banned on Japanese Wikipedia since April 2004. K.M. was a
industrious contributor on Japanese Wikipedia, related to the Bible
and Christianity. According to K.M.'s user page, K.M. is a faithful of
Jehovah's Witnesses, Chrisitian or Christianity-influenced
denomination. Except this, his identification is unclear.
Since the late of 2003 it has been pointed out that K.M.'s articles
were on the point of the view of Jehovah's Witnesses strongly and some
Wikipedians suspected if these articles violated their publifications.
In the early of February 2004, some of his articles was apparently
pointed ouf as copyright and licence violation of Jehovah's Witnesses
publification. but K.M. insisted they were original and had no
relation between the denomination's publifications. K.M. didn't admit
those copyright violation, and after their deletion, sh/e claimed
those deletions challenged to the freedom of expression and belief in
a BBS serving ja.wp, and Arbitration page on en.wp. Besides that, K.M.
has disputed with other contributors how doctrines of Jehovah's
Witnesses should be placed among the description of Christianity in
general. From both sides K.M. caused edit wars, it brought up a
request for his blocking on March.
On March some of his contributions began to be listed on the Request
for deletion page, too. K.M. erased sometimes other contributors'
comment supporting deletion. Finally he was blocked indefinitely
because of those erasions (it is a legitimate reason of blocking on
Japanese Wikipedia). and opened a channel to discuss his blocking on
the Idobata BBS (Village Pump BBS) which an Wikipedian run
Later two faithfuls pointed out closely identification of K.M.'s
contributions' and denominaition's publifications, and requested for
deletion of those articles. Those articles were deleted because of
On 6/8 K.M. (or a person under his name) posted a warning of
accusation to Wikipedia Japan (sic) because of libel. The post of K.M.
pointed out three points who K.M. considered as libel; ''unjust''
deletion of his/her articles, ''POV'' on some christianity-related
articles (the meaning of this statement is uncertain) and page
protections of those articles.
Because of two reasons this warning seems to be ineffective, according
to some Wikipedians. First, it is uncertain what meant there
''Wikipedia Japan''; if it was intended ''Japanese
according to the Japanese law, it has no legal subject; it is not even
''organisation without regal rights'', so hard to be an opponent side
of a suit. Second, on those points s/he referred, it was unclear "to
whom" the lebel has be done. Unless K.M. is an agent of Jehovah's
Witnesses, libel to J.W. (as organisation) is not a libel to K.M. as
individual. In Japanese law a suit on libel is processed only based on
request of interested party, it is therefore doubtful if his
accusation would be processed to a suit. On the other hand K.M. stated
these were libels to the denomination, not to him.
Discussion on this issues continued to 6/11 substantially. It is
uncertain if K.M. has done any other activities related to this