Defamation

Internet Regulation: Re-writing History or a “Right to be Forgotten”?
03/07/2013
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General, Niilo Jääskinen, has expressed his opinion on the right for prejudicial information to be “consigned to oblivion”, in what is likely to be a landmark case for internet regulation.  A dispute between Google and Spain’s Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) prompted the detailed opinion from the Advocate General, which was delivered on the 25thJune 2013.  The full text can be found here.   Approximately 200 cases were brought to the AEDP by Spanish nationals complaining about prejudicial information on...
Case Law Development: Libel on the Internet
24/08/2012
The case of McGrath & Anor v Professor Richard Dawkins & Ors [2012] EWHC B3 (QB) has further highlighted the arguments in favour of Libel reform.  The judgment has delineated the scope for defamation in blog posts and discussion threads where the audience is small but worryingly for website owners and administrators, the case has highlighted the fact that the law at present is extremely unclear when it comes to linking defamatory material and whether or not posting a link constitutes a “publication”. The claimant, who represented himself, argued that he had...