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    Court of Appeal Upholds Web Defamation Decision

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    Wednesday December 17, 2008
    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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    Crookes Appeals B.C. Linking Decision

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    Thursday November 27, 2008
    P2PNet.net reports that Wayne Crookes has appealed a recent B.C. decision that addressed the liability for linking to allegedly defamatory content.
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    B. C. Court Rules Linking To Content Not Republication

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    Monday October 27, 2008
    A B.C. court has ruled that linking to allegedly defamatory content does not amount to a republication of the content.  The case arises from one of the Crookes lawsuits, this one involving both Wikipedia and P2PNet.net [full disclosure: Crookes is suing me with similar claims that include linking to websites that in turn link to allegedly defamatory content].  The court cautioned that a link could conceivably raise defamation claims, but that this would occur where the party posting the link added additional commentary about the underlying link.  In the case of nothing more than a link, the court concluded that:

    Although a hyperlink provides immediate access to material published on another website, this does not amount to republication of the content on the originating site.  This is especially so as a reader may or may not follow the
    hyperlinks provided.

    More discussion on the case at P2Pnet.net.
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    B.C. Court Orders Thousands in Damages over Web Libel

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    Friday July 18, 2008
    A B.C. court has ordered a Nanaimo man to pay an Australian man more than $179,000 in damages arising from hundreds of libelous statements made on multiple websites during a four year period.
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