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Internet Defamation and Online Libel in Canada

by Michael Roberts on December 25th, 2009

It has been a while since I posted an entry here. I just read a very concise and informative article by Toronto based attorney Antonin I. Pribetic. [ www.smhilaw.com ]. This is particularly helpful for victims of Internet libel in Canada, as well as England and Australia which operate essentially under the same common law system. I would hope that United States jurisdictions might consider some of the cases in these countries as persuasive precedent. Freedom of speech in the United States is a wonderful thing, notwithstanding, the authors of the First Amendment could not have comprehended the immediate, persistent and global impact of defamatory speech on the Internet. As such, US courts would do well to consider the common sense approach to libel under common law.

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by Antonin I Pribetic
Internet communication through social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, is fast becoming the most popular mode of communication in the 21st century and has facilitated freedom of expression and globalization of information. Many readers enjoy posting their personal views, opinions and musings on blogs and chat rooms on a variety of topics—social, political, and legal (including this AdviceScene website.)

However, as Elbert Hubbard once said,

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