Somewhere in mythical TV world, George Costanza is pissed with the South Korean Courts. According to the Korean Times, a 30-year old man was recently acquitted on Internet defamation charges. What landed the thirty-something online gamer, Mr. Kim, in court? He used the one word supremely offensive to the follically challenged –“BALD!”
After checking into a hotel in Busan, Kim thought he’d relax with a game Lineage. Mr. Kim was feeling feisty that night because he came out of the gate cussing, and called his competitor, “daemeori” — the Korean word for someone who is bald or has very little hair.
Apparently, Kim’s online nemesis wasn’t about to take the “daemeori diss” quietly. The unnamed, offended party promptly filed an online defamation lawsuit which alleged that Mr. Kim’s remarks caused a great amount of damage to his dignity. Officials at the Suwon District Court, however, couldn’t bring themselves to agree with the wounded party. A Korean judge explained:
“It is difficult to say that someone’s social value or reputation has been degraded just because he or she was called bald-headed. If the accused was [sic] ruled guilty, there would be so many cases of individual behavior and remarks that have to be sanctioned.”
The case was thrown out due to lack of merit. In their ruling, the judges also added that the word, “daemeori”, in it of itself, is not derogatory and therefore cannot be considered defamatory.
International Internet Defamation Is On The Rise
Internet defamation lawsuits are popping up in courts around the world. With the increasing popularity of social networking and media websites, the digital soil is a breeding ground for new types of Web defamation actions.
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