Defamation law to be reviewed for internet age

September 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

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The Ministry of Justice has published a consultation paper on the civil law on defamation in relation to the internet.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Bridget Prentice said in a written answer that it relates to the ‘multiple publication rule’, under which each publication of defamatory material can form the basis of a new defamation claim.

The consultation will consider its effects in relation to online archives and the arguments for and against the rule and the alternatives of a single publication rule.

That would allow only one claim to be brought in this jurisdiction against particular defamatory material.

The government will also look at the possible extension of qualified privilege to material on online archives in certain circumstances and what limitation period for defamation claims would be appropriate.

Copies of the consultation paper can be obtained free on the Ministry of Justice website.

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