Is Wikileaks legal?
8 Dec 10
When you are setting up a site, the content that you post is limited only by the constitution of the country the site is hosted at. So, if wikileaks doesnt break the laws of the country where it hosted, it is legal. An example of that is Sealand. Because it is an independant country with its own constitution, Pirate Bay tried to buy it from its original owner. He wanted to buy it because he had problems with the copyright laws of the country Pirate Bay was hosted. But in the end they didnt come into an agreement. So, i think that it all depends on whether it breaks the laws of the country it is hosted.
• United States
4 Dec 10
Wikileaks is allowed to release information no matter how it was gotten as they are a media company. So the freedom of the press applies to this situation. The person who stole the information is liable for this as they broke the law but wikileaks is free to publish the information gained through this illegal action. A similar case happened to Sarah Palin where here personal email was hacked and then phone numbers and other information was published on 4chan.org a well known hot spot for an internet group known as anonymous. 4chang.org wasn't held responsible for it as they counted as a media website so the freedom of the press applied to it. Even though all 4chan or any of the chans for that matter are. They are image/discussion boards similar to this one except you can post with out making a profile like the ones one here. As for copyright infringement I haven't heard any claims of that and they may even then be able to be placed under the fair use laws of copyright law. As if they are a media company they can use others copyright like the facebook logos and names that news companies use when covering an article on them. So yes wikileaks is completely legal unless they are infringing on copyright in a way that the Fair use laws don't apply.