Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the
round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're
not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify
them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change
things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the
crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs
US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 - 2011)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Freedom to Speak

Supreme Court of Canada, 2009:

The Supreme Court has named the new defence "public interest responsible communication" to reflect that the defence is available not just to the press, but "to anyone who publishes material of public interest in any medium."
The Supreme Court agreed with the submissions made by Blakes on behalf of the Toronto Star that "the current law with respect to statements that are reliable and important to public debate does not give adequate weight to the constitutional value of free expression." The court agreed that the traditional law of defamation too greatly favoured protection of reputation, stating that "defamation lawsuits, real or threatened, should not be a weapon by which the wealthy and privileged stifle the information and debate essential to a free society."

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