Internet to be reclassified as broadcast media?

A BLOG posting by Jesse Hirsh and a press release draws our attention to a motion filed against the libel claim of York professor David Noble which could significantly affect broadcast law and Internet activities.

The York University Foundation (YUF) has filed a motion to strike down Noble's claim of libel because the press release that Noble claims defamed him, which was issued on the Internet, should fall under broadcast libel law.

While the Internet does allow broadcast-style communications (multicast packet routing, streaming, etc), a press release posted to a website does not qualify. In the language of WIPO, this press release was made available "to the public" ... "in such a way that members of the public may access these works from a place and at a time individually chosen by them". (WIPO Copyright Treaty, Article 8)