Supreme Court to look at hyperlinking and defamation

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case of defamation, on the issue of whether a blogger who hyperlinks to a defamatory site is also guilty of defamation. According to my brief study of media law, it should be clear cut: yes. Under current law, anyone, and any media, which repeats a defamatory statement is also guilty of defamation. Hence, when a defamatory statement is made, or felt to be made, libel lawyers will sue the origin of the defamation, and every media outlet that carries or repeats the defamation. Should be the same for bloggers; we are responsible for what we write.

Canada.com, April 1 2010

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