Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Defamation and the internet: the multiple publication rule - Ministry of Justice consultation

I had somehow completely missed this very timely MoJ consultation before, so am posting this for anyone else who did too.

Newspaper web archives and the like are of course going to be pushing for a single publication rule - and it is rather ridiculous that every time a reader accesses an allegedly defamatory archived webpage there's potentially a new libel claim.

"This consultation seeks views on the 'multiple publication rule' under which each publication of defamatory material can form the basis of a new defamation claim, and its effects in relation to online archives. The paper considers the arguments for and against the rule and the alternatives of a single publication rule."

The consultation closes on 16 December 2009.

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