Nottinghamshire County Council has succumbed to the fact that it can not keep up with the fast growth of the Internet and is unable to control what is posted on it, two months after mounting legal action against three journalists. The council has dropped all action against the journalists who posted a copy of the so-called JET report on their web site (see column).
The report into alleged satanic ritual abuse, severely criticises the standards of an original enquiry which found evidence of satanism in the diaries of some of the children involved. A spokesman for the council told PC Week the report was protected under copyright and it was therefore illegal for the journalists to publish it without permission.
But after the council served the writ on the journalists, mirror sites of the report began appearing in various locations worldwide.
Tim Bell, chair of the social services for the council, told Reuters he was "shocked" at the rate of Internet growth, and added"the Internet is running too fast for the law to keep up".
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