Wikipedia defense

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The Wikipedia defense is a legal strategy that attempts to harvest the power of like-minded individuals on the internet for developing legal arguments and, possibly, to defray the cost of legal research.

Potential value of free advice[edit]

In SCO v. IBM, IBM benefited from an anonymous blogger with a shared interest and ability to do legal research.[1] The Wikipedia defense is a solicitation for this type of (free) advice.


The term is attributed to Floyd Landis,[2][3] who used it during his unsuccessful fight to clear his name on doping charges.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lyons, Daniel (February 13, 2007). "SCO Vs. Blogger". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved August 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ "The Floyd Landis Case: Distributed Knowledge, Transparency, and the Wisdom of Crowds". Retrieved August 14, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Snow, Michael. Floyd Landis adopts "the Wikipedia defense" as appeal strategy, Wikipedia Signpost, October 16, 2006

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