Internet links not libel, Supreme Court of Canada rules

CBC News, “Internet links not libel, top court rules

“Hyperlinking to defamatory material on the internet does not constitute publishing the defamatory material itself, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday.

The ruling will alleviate fears that holding someone liable for how they use hyperlinks on websites, personal ones or others, could cast a chill on internet use.

The responsible use of the internet and how traditional defamation law applies to modern technologies were at issue in this case, which was watched closely by media organizations and civil liberties groups.”

citation: Crookes v. Newton, 2011 SCC 47

Toronto Star, “Supreme Court ruling big victory for Internet freedom

CP, “Supreme Court of Canada says web link does not constitute defamation

CTV News, “Top court says web link does not constitute defamation


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