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This article was published 1/10/2009 (2794 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Stodgy old courts? Tweet that.
It is often said governments and courts and the law do not and cannot keep up with developments in technology.
It's still a big debate about how the legal system can and should handling the emerging legal issues on the Internet including copyright infringement, libel and impersonation.
But a judge on the British High Court has taken a huge step forward on the subject by ordering an injunction be issued via Twitter to a person who is impersonating a right wing blogger.
Without being able to figure out who the Twitter-er actually is, the judge said the best way to reach them would be via Twitter.
So the next time the Twitter impersonator logs on they're going to get a message from the court to cease and desist.
It's an interesting and potentially groundbreaking move by a court to stop what I think is a very serious problem about the ease of being anonymous on the Internet.
As I wrote in my column a few weeks ago, just because you can be anonymous doesn't give you the right to break the law.