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A UK judge has ordered a football fans' website to hand over details of posters who made potentially defamatory remarks about directors of Sheffield Wednesday. The move, in what's being viewed as a test case, has implications for the owners of, and posters on, other football chat websites. Sheffield Wednesday club chairman Dave …


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  1. Paul

    Oh Shit....

    Lets just hope MS, Apple, Redmond, Paris Hilton.... Etc Dont read El Reg. We'ed all be in the crap. However, the drinks bill for the work retreaving that infomation would probably be enough of a dissinsentive to stop them.

  2. PaulK

    Excuse me your honour...

    ...but methinks that Sheffield Wednesday's position in the football league may lend some credence to the criticism of the directors of the club.

  3. Morely Dotes

    A perfect example

    This is why anyone operating an Internet forum should have it hosted outside their own country, if they expect any controversial topics to be discussed.

    For example, at, I could simply tell a UK judge to go bugger himself if he demanded the real names of my users, but it would be much harder (and more expensive) to ignore an order from a US court.

    There is nothing that compels you to use a server located in the UK if you are using a .uk domain.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Slandered by a judge?

    "Deputy Judge Richard Parkes QC said the prostitute claims were unlikely to be taken seriously, but the suggestion that Walker was incapable of spotting a competent football player was more professionally damaging."

    Eh? Presumably because the former is a ridiculous assertion but the latter may actually be true? In which case hasn't the judge thrown his hat in with original posters?

    14 posts hardly qualifies as a campaign of vilification does it? Whatever next? Supporters calling the referee a w*nker? It doesn't bear thinking about...

  5. Steve

    In Other Words

    People with overweening self-opinion seek to slap down name callers. News at 11.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thats why I host my .....

    website in India. The Police kept making approaches to my webhosts to shut me down for caling some of them corrupt ,now they have a harder task.

    India has proved good and no probs on speed either.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Test case ? BS I did this myself 5 years ago !

    How can this be called a test case ??. 5 years or so ago I had a few problems. I collected the IP addresses, copied the emails, went to Waterloo, taxi to Royal Courts of Justice, waited outside the Practice Masters room and 15 minutes later I had an Order ordering several ISP's to name the posters. It is simple.

  8. |333173|3|_||3
    Black Helicopters


    Doesn't it have to be believable for it to be libel: if I were to claim that Bill Gates was intent on taking over the universe then it would hardly be libel, since no-one in thier right minds would believe that. Likewise, no-one should believe unmoderated user comments on forums, and especially not troll/flame type posts. This should be laughed out of court by any sane judge.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Anonymous message posters should be referred to "Scared of Big Brother" or something , anonymous cowards?.


  10. Anonymous Coward
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    There's no such thing as a UK judge....

    There's no such thing as a UK judge.

    Either it's a judge from England & Wales, a judge from Scotland, or a judge from Northern Ireland.

    Three quite separate jurisdictions - take your pick. You can't be a judge for more than one of them. And yes, I know that a UK Supreme Court is being set up... comprised of judges from each of the three...

  11. druck Silver badge

    Re: title

    Someone with numbers for a name wrote: "Doesn't it have to be believable for it to be libel: if I were to claim that Bill Gates was intent on taking over the universe then it would hardly be libel, since no-one in thier right minds would believe that." wasn't the gods honest trueth?

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