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A New Libel Defense In Canada; For Blogs Too

December 22nd, 2009 12:37 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

roju writes “The Globe and Mail reports that the Canadian Supreme Court has created a new defense against claims of defamation, allowing for reporting in the public interest. They specifically included bloggers as eligible, writing: ‘…the traditional media are rapidly being complemented by new ways of communicating on matters of public interest, many of them online, which do not involve journalists. These new disseminators of news and information should, absent good reasons for exclusion, be subject to the same laws as established media outlets.’ and ‘A review of recent defamation case law suggests that many actions now concern blog postings and other online media which are potentially both more ephemeral and more ubiquitous than traditional print media. … [I]t is more accurate to refer to the new defense as responsible communication on matters of public interest.’”

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