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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Rules Internet Hate Provision Unconstitutional

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Internet hate provision found in the Human Rights Act is unconstitutional.  In a decision released today, the Tribunal ruled that the restriction on speech imposed by the provision is not a reasonable limit under Section 1 of the Charter of Rights […]

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September 2, 2009 8 comments Must Reads

Ontario Court Orders Website To Disclose Identity of Anonymous Posters

An Ontario court has ordered the owners of the FreeDominion.ca to disclose all personal information on eight anonymous posters to the chat site.  The required information includes email and IP addresses.  The case arises from a lawsuit launched by Richard Warman, the anti-hate fighter, against the site and the posters.  The court focused heavily on the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, which contain a strong duty of disclosure on litigants. 

The discussion includes a review of many key Internet privacy cases, including the CRIA file sharing litigation (which the court distinguishes on the basis of different court rules) and the Irwin Toy case (which emphasized the importance of protecting anonymity, but which the court tries to distinguish on the basis of the newness of the issue at the time).  The court also looks at the string of recent cases involving child pornography cases and ISP disclosure of customer information, concluding that "the court's most recent pronouncement on this is that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy."

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March 25, 2009 58 comments News

Court of Appeal Upholds Web Defamation Decision

The Globe and Mail reports that the Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a $40,000 defamation award arising from Internet postings.

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December 17, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Court Awards $50,000 in Damages Over Net Postings

A Canadian court has ordered an Edmonton man to pay anti-hate fighter Richard Warman $50,000 in damages arising from a series of defamatory Internet postings.

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October 23, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Ontario Court Rules Warman Defamed By Internet Postings

An Ontario court has ruled that Richard Warman, a prominent human rights lawyer who has launched many complaints about Internet hate, was defamed online in a series of postings.  The court noted the effect of instant and possibly global dissemination of defamatory material over the Internet, awarding damages totaling $30,000, […]

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November 23, 2007 1 comment News