Zprexa Documents Borne by Winds of Free Speech

A showdown is scheduled for a federal courtroom in New York tomorrow afternoon, writes Tom Zeller in the New York Times today.

Pharses such as “First Amendment” and “freedom of speech” and “prior restraint” are likely to mix seamlessly with references to “BitTorrent” and “Wiki.”

It is a messy plot that pits Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical giant at the centre of several articles in The New York Times suggesting that the company tried to hide or play down the health risks of its leading antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, and lawyers representing various individuals, organizations and Web sites — all arguing that their online speech has been gagged.

For now, copies of the Lilly documents sit defiantly on servers in Sweden, and under a domain registered at Christmas Island, the Australian dot in the ocean 224 miles off the coast of Java. “Proudly served from outside the United States,” the site declares. There are surely others.

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