Like suing Google!

Blogme.gr – a Greek information and RSS aggregation website – was shut down and its administrator, Antonis [tag]Tsipropoulos[/tag], was sued for a blog entry that appeared on the aggregation pages – originating from another blog.

Effectively this is like suing Google for the results it yields.

A public person (Antonis is not releasing potentially sensitive details yet) has sued Blogme.gr for [tag]libel[/tag] and obscene/ satirical content. This person was satirised through the pages of some other blog, which was registered in the directory of [tag]Blogme.gr[/tag] and in the RSS flow.

Antonis got a visit from the police officers of the [tag]Electronic Crime[/tag] Team and the public prosecutor. His hard disk was taken and he was arrested. Under police escort his was led to the Central Security Police Station in Athens. He also stayed overnight in a detention room. The next day he was led in front of the Public Prosecutor in handcuffs. Here I want to stress that this is not in any way unreasonable or illegal – since civil proceedings were under way the police and the public prosecutor needed to follow a certain procedure – which they did.

It is the first time that an aggregating website is [tag]prosecute[/tag]d for content that belongs to another website.

Any user of the internet knows that a website like blogme exists as a collection of information. The users also understand that blogs are personal webpages were people express themselves – and each persons’ blog is their own responsibility.

Also note that the blog with the allegedly insulting content does not only appear in blogme but in several [tag]Greek[/tag] aggregators. None of those was sued apart from blogme. Antonis nevertheless stresses that he is not advocating suing every other website that includes content of links to the allegedly insulting blog.

I am not saying that this ‘public person’ did not have the right to sue. But if he really wanted to he needed to sue the blogger that allegedly insulted them and not the administrator of an aggregating service. How is anyone going to prove that Antonis is at fault for something that someone else wrote? I would really love to see that.

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IMPORTANT NOTES
All of the above is translated from Greek. Please find the original here.
It is impossible for me to know details or facts at this time so please keep in mind that I am translating.

On a personal note I believe Antonis – not least because a similar ‘misunderstanding’ has happened between an artist with an internet project and the Greek Police. [see details here and here]

ALSO: DIGG this article

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Also in the Media
The Register – Greek blogger arrest infuriates world By Kieren McCarthy
Ovi Magazine – Would you ever sue Google? – By Sofia Gkiousou
Ovi Magazine – What happened with BLOGME.gr – By Thanos Kalamidas

BBC Mention (see under 1030 Athens)
The Inquirer – Blog gets censored in Greece – By Adamson Rust
Slashdot – Greek Blog Aggregator Arrested – by kdawson

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