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Does world wide web mean world-wide liability for cyber libel?

Canadian and Commonwealth courts apply old rules to new technologies

In a series of recent decisions, courts in Canada and the Commonwealth have adapted the traditional rules for defamation and jurisdiction to defamation on the internet, and will take jurisdiction if the defamatory materials were downloaded to any significant extent within the jurisdiction, provided that the plaintiff has a sufficient connection with the jurisdiction. As a result, foreign publications with online readers in Canada can be liable in Canada for defaming someone in Canada. [more] Full article