[gnso-rpm-wg] "free speech"

Edward Morris egmorris1 at toast.net
Fri Sep 30 13:12:34 UTC 2016


Without commenting at this time on broader issues...

> As I said on the call, as a co-author of the Claims Notice I am very happy if it can be improved in any way to make the balance that Kathy and I were seeking to be more easily understood 

The Claims Notice reads as a document written by American lawyers for American lawyers who were trying to not sound like Anetican lawyers. 

There are folks out there who specialise in creating Plain English documents. I'd suggest we might want to turn to the professionals to see if they can design a notice whose verbiage is better understood by laypeople,  so the balance you say you were trying to explain is more easily understood.

The 93 per cent plus non-proceed rate is deeply disturbing, may indicate some chilling effect on speech - the fact we may not be able to get the specific data we need to definitively determine this one way or the other is also problematic. A revamp
of the Notice along the lines indicated is something, albeit small and fairly easy to do, that we probably should do anyway as best practice and may have some impact on any chilling effect that may exist.


Ed Morris
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