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Cyber-Libel: The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

August-7-2004

Lawyer Peter Ruby, Jason Wadden
Area Technology

Summary

Article originally published in Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, August 2004 Volume 5, NO.6

Recently, three decisions of the Ontario courts and, tangentially, a decision of the Supreme Cour of Canada, addressed cyber~libel.l  These cases are noteworthy both for their consideration of the features that make the Internet different from other publication media and their application of longstanding jurisdiction principles and defamation concepts. The courts in these cases addressed the Internet's distinct features not by adopting a new legal framework specifically tailored for the Internet, but instead by considering such features in a principled manner within the existing legal framework.

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