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In January 1997 Laurence Godfrey discovered that some unknown person had 'posted' an article attributed to him on the Internet under the Newsgroup 'soc culture thai'. It was squalid, obscene and defamatory. Originating in the usa on 13 January 1997, the 'posting' invited replies to Mr Godfrey and gave his e-mail address. The forgery was read by Internet users in the uk and throughout the world.