[Foundation-l] Wikimedia/Wikipedia trademarks?

Andrew Gray andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk
Tue Dec 18 01:14:07 UTC 2007

On 18/12/2007, Nathan Awrich <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> On the last bit, I would say that is not necessarily the case. In
> fact, it frequently is not. That is nominally the way jurisdictional
> law works in the US, as far as I know, but even then there are
> exceptions based on the effect of your actions (i.e. if you shoot a
> gun in Texas and hit someone in Mexico, Mexico might reasonably
> request your extradition).

The law tends to have different views on how to handle libelling
people versus killing them... Criminal charges and extradition are
pretty much glaringly improbable for defamation suits, but
jurisdictional forum-shopping is plausible. If that happens, of
course, we deal with it as and when.

But it's worth remembering that the biggest and most glaring
likelihood of such forum-shopping is not an obscure defamation
somewhere on the Albanian Wikipedia and a summons to Tirana, but
someone suing us in a British (or Australian?) court, and that could
happen *now*, with material published on enwp!

- Andrew Gray
  andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk

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