Drive-by blogging

Although Judge Edward Fadeley didn’t use the term, his warning is clear: ‘Drive-by blogging’ is out of control.

He described the blogosphere as:

“a veritable Wild West of verbal ambushes and shootouts, with very little fear of legal recourse to keep character assassination, defamation and dirty business tricks in check.

…It’s high time to fill the gap in a system that allows defamation in the blogosphere to go unchecked. The harm can be wide-ranging and devastating. Until the law catches up with technology, innocent parties have little or no protection in the volatile world of cyberspace,”

What do you think?

Comments (5)

  1. Lauren Smith says:

    In Korea, the government is addressing this sort of problem head on. They are requiring that all users register real names to post blogs or comments on the largest blogging/group sites in Korea.

    If you remember a little while back the "dog shit girl" incident where some teenage girl let her dog poop all over the floor of the subway train and then turned a blind eye like nothing happened. Bloggers, outraged by her insolence, snapped photos of her and her dog and posted them all over the web. In short order, her life became a living hell.

    Now, the question remains whether we should be clamping down on bloggers who defame or whether blogging should remain free speech. I vote for the latter.

  2. Mark Woodman says:


    My comments got too long to put here, so I posted my response elsewhere:



  3. cori says:

    Justice Farley’s comments, directly, are at

    I was going to say that the comment: "…some 50 to 60 per cent of blog attacks are now sponsored by business rivals." seems ridiculous and is completely unsupported, but I don’t see that anywhere in Farley’s own commentary.  I do, however, note that he believes "some companies have lost millions in stock value" due to bloggers’ making venomous claims "intended to be read as fact."  I’m curious where he gets his "facts".

  4. Stewart says:

    I was gonna say he’s full of shit but as british libel laws are pretty harsh i guess i’d better no!

  5. I’m just amazed and amused to hear a JUDGE use the word blogosphere.