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Troll hunting: forum abuse and the law

26 Jul 2012
Posted in Criminal Law, Defamation Law, Internet Law

A troll is defined in the Urban Dictionary as “one who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument”.  The etymology seems to be disputed.  My preferred explanation is that the usage comes – via the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban – from fishing, where […]

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10 ways to become a cyber-criminal

16 Apr 2011
Posted in Criminal Law, Internet Law

The great thing about cyber-crimes is that they’re so easy to commit.  With a computer and an internet connection, you can commit all manner of crimes from the privacy of your bedroom.  You don’t need shot-guns, bolt-cutters, getaway cars or gangs of desperados.  If you follow the instructions in this post, you can be a […]

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Content: kinds of illegality

12 Feb 2008
Posted in Criminal Law, Internet Law

The publication of website content – whether textual, audio, video, or other content – can be unlawful in two main ways. It can breach the criminal law; and it can give rise to civil liability.  Breaches of the criminal law may result in prosecution, and a successful prosecution may lead to a fine or even […]

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