“Criminal Charges: The Next Frontier for Libel Tourism”
Nowadays, for better or worse, everyone — literally, everyone — can be a publisher. Not because the First Amendment guarantees it, but because the Internet does. You simply create a blog or other website, and everyone across the globe can read your pearls of wisdom. Silly thoughts you previously shared only with those closest to you can now be shared with a stranger online in Nairobi, Tahrir Square or Uzbekistan. Your persiflage can reach countless iPad owners who have never heard of you (yet) and who stumbled across your website accidentally. And most important here — as a hint of what’s to come below — your published work can also be downloaded in Paris.