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Sebastian Chrispin's City seat shenanigans

23 May 2011

What a Twit
June 2011


So you’ve heard the one about 'the footballer' (Ryan Giggs to be exact) suing Twitter and “persons unknown” who discussed his private life. Although you probably heard his name several days ago it was only when an MP used his parliamentary privilege to tiptoe around an injunction that the sportsman can be named by the press. Had the MP not taken advantage of an obscure loophole of the British constitution, the media would still be gagged by the ominously sounding ‘super injunction’ taken out by the player. The problem was that regardless of the English court order, people in other countries were not subject to the same rules so his name was freely pinging around the web.

And that’s the difficulty with the internet – it’s one global forum, but governed by umpteen jurisdictions. There are numerous legal complexities to this case: the controversial use of super injunctions, the difficu...

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