Globalization

GLOBALIZATION….From Editor & Publisher: Sheik Khalid Salim a bin Mahfouz has filed a libel suit against Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It. The twist? He’s filed suit in Britain even though Ehrenfeld’s book has been published only in the U.S. Nonetheless, a British court entered a default judgment against Ehrenfeld last year and will determine penalties next month.

From TalkLeft: An Austrian cartoonist has been tried in absentia and convicted of blasphemy in Greece. He was apparently unaware his book had even been sold there.

From Captain’s Quarters: A judge in Britain has cleared the way for a libel trial against Arnold Schwarzenegger based on comments he made made to the Los Angeles Times in 2003. Needless to say, the LA Times doesn’t publish in Britain and is available solely over the internet, and Schwarzenegger’s comments were made in California.

It’s enough to give you pause, isn’t it? I’m roughly familiar with libel and privacy laws in the United States and try to act accordingly. But is it possible that I could be held liable for something I say on this blog based on the law in some other country? I hope not.