And you'd feel comfortable trying to explain that to a jury of average people and feel confident that they would understand what you are saying?
It's the same basic logic as those addition problems where you start factoring, then divide by zero in a hidden step, and magically end up with an absurd answer. Zeno's paradoxes are all well known illustrations of the problems you get when you juxtapose discrete and indiscrete systems. For explaining why... well, might take a bit longer.
The law only extends as far as we're willing to take it. It's not a mathematical proof where if A=B and B=C then A must = C. It's subject to interpretation, discretion, and human judgment. Pull that out of the loop and we're doomed.
But picking a date *IS* as simple as a mathematical proof. It's either Monday or it's not Monday, but it isn't both Monday and not Monday. Humanity has little to do with it. It's kind of like all these quack scientists and doctors out there that talk about "consensus", as if they can change the laws of physics by all agreeing on something. It's utter insanity. But, that's a total tangent.
Do your part not to let that happen. Call a crock a crock whenever you hear one being pushed your way. I stops these people in their tracks when you don't concede their right to frame the debate and define the terms being used. Just say ""You know as well as I do that's complete bullshit." When they reply they don't see it as that at all, simply smile your most pitying smile and then say "Really? You don't?" Act flabbergasted and listen with amusement as the room chuckles while the idiot slinks away to look for somebody else to annoy.
I think I'm right about "publishing" online being a "state of being" rather than an "event" as it is in traditional print. (In the case of where one has control - otherwise, it is an event.)
I have no real opinion on how to choose the date there for the statute of limitations.
It's either the date that someone clicked "Submit/Post", or it's what I described above as a continuum.
The event scenario is much easier to deal with. The continuum scenario makes more sense though. e.g. You defame someone, get punished for it, but keep the defamatory materials up online. You've already been punished for it (as an event), so you can't be tried twice for it. This seems absurd.
Dunno. Just seemed like an interesting issue about having things online.