I’m a little bit surprised that nobody in my immediate online circle – which I know includes many free-speech activists and at least a couple of outright lawyer-larvae – seems to have had anything to say about the Gutnick case. In a nutshell, the Australian high court ruled that material published on the internet could be considered to’ve been published where it is read, not necessarily at the server, thereby placing it in the reader’s jurisdiction. Sure, it’s only Australia, but it’s the first time a national-level court has issued a clear ruling on such jurisdictional matters, and it sets an important precedent for others.

Was there some commentary I missed? Or is it that what happens in Australia really isn’t of any interest or import in either America or Europe? Or is it that supposedly independent-minded people don’t really pay attention to anything that hasn’t been predigested for them by the “authorities” they idolize?