Canada Supreme Court: Hyperlinks Cannot Libel

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Mon, Oct 24th, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

In a collective sigh of relief for all bloggers in Canada, the Canadian Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that online publications cannot be found liable for linking to defamatory material -- as long as the linking itself is not defamatory.

From the Globe and Mail article on the ruling:

"Only when a hyperlinker presents content from the hyperlinked material in a way that actually repeats the defamatory content, should that content be considered 'published' by the hyperlinker."

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"The court recognizes that simply posting a link to material that may be libellous is a far cry from publishing or repeating the libel, let alone endorsing what has been said in the linked post," he said.

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