Thursday, September 17, 2009

British Columbia Court of Appeal Denies Linking Means Defamation

A BC Court of Appeal decision added a measure of security for web site developers who link to material that may be defamtory, according to this story, which reported the decision that apparently stated that merely linking is not sufficeint to be found liable for online defamation. Congratulations to John Newton of P2Pnet on his great victory!

Domain name and web site owners should be relieved that lawsuits for defamation on the Internet, although on the rise, should not be leveled against sites that merely link to material on another web site that may be defamatory. As an Internet lawyer and someone who specializes in domain name disputes and web site business disputes, I frequently deal with Internet defamation cases, and this case is a welcome decision and good result for Internet law.

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