November 15, 2004 4:46 PM PST
Dow Jones settles Net defamation suit
Australia's high court drew headlines in December 2002 after ruling that a publisher of a U.S. Web site could be sued in another country. The court said: "If people wish to do business in, or indeed travel to, or live in, or utilize the infrastructure of different countries, they can hardly expect to be absolved from compliance with the laws of those countries. The fact that publication might occur everywhere does not mean that it occurs nowhere."