Wikimedia Foundation attorney Mike Godwin shouldn't have had anything to fear from a laughable defamation lawsuit based on a Wikipedia entry.
So Bauer sued the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees the website, for defamation -- even though an unaffiliated user of the online encylopedia was ultimately reponsible for creating and posting the item.
And as a University of Santa Clara law professor pointed out, Bauer may have simply proven the poster's point in filing the suit.
Godwin should know better -- after all, he was the sage who noted that "As [an online] discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."
In other words, according to Godwin's Law, defamation is practically built into the system -- hence the liability exemption.
Photo by Dave Winer.
Jackson West hopes former literary agent John Hodgman catches wind of this case, as it would make a good Daily Show segment.