Thursday, January 19, 2006

A Platinum Club member writes in to point out that Wikipedia Germany has been shut down due to a court order of some sort. If anyone has any info, please share.

UPDATE: A reader writes in to explain that the legal dispute relates to a deceased German hacker whose real name is used on the Wikipedia site. The family has sued to have the site shut down on the grounds that this violates their privacy. It's all a bit silly when you can read all about it here (English). This is, of course, the US site of Wikipedia, where the same information is available, including in German. National litigation rendered nonsensical by a supranational web.

UPDATE 2: Arse Technica has picked up on the story, albeit after TechDirt and, both of whom had the decency to actually site their source.

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