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Barrister’s internet defamation: He fought the law and the law won: Dods v McDonald [2016] VSC 201

During the evening of 11 December 2008, Tyler Cassidy, a 15 year old boy had stolen two large knives from Kmart at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, near All Nations Park. He moved through the shopping centre, its shops and car … Continue reading

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Artists’ appeal upheld, record verdict set aside and re-trial ordered: Vakras v Cripps [2015] VSCA 193

In 2014, a gallery owner, Raymond Cripps was awarded a record $420,000 defamation verdict in the Victorian Supreme Court. The verdict was made by His Honour Justice Kyrou against two surrealist artists, Demetrios Vakras and Lee-Anne Raymond. They held an … Continue reading

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Google Australia not a publisher: Rana v Google Australia Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 60

In asserting that it is not a publisher of its search engine results, Google has at last had a win, of sorts, in the Federal Court. But the win was not as emphatic as Google would have liked, and certainly … Continue reading

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Google wins but loses again, now in UK: Tamiz v Google Inc [2013] EWCA Civ 68

Payam Tamiz, an English Conservative politician who had been running for the local elections in Thanet, sued Google for anonymous comments on a blog that was created on Google’s blogger platform, “London Muslim”. The comments were posted between 28 and … Continue reading

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Google not liable for blogger.com: Tamiz v Google Inc and Google UK Limited [2012] EWHC 449 (QB)

In blogger.com, Google provides a platform on the internet for bloggers all around the world, to write what they want for free.  These blogs now contain more than a trillion words and 250,000 new words are added every minute. That … Continue reading

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Hyperlink is not publication in Canada: Crookes v Newton 2011 SCC 47

The Full Court of the Canadian Supreme Court recently considered a simple question, but one which will have a profound impact on communications in the common law world: Is a hyperlink a “publication” for the purposes of defamation law? While … Continue reading

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Chatroom defamation: Don’t defend and down $30,000: Leech v Green & Gold Energy Pty Ltd [2011] NSWSC 999

The plaintiff asserted he was defamed on a blog, the defendant did not appear at Court and judgment was entered in default. On assessment of the damages, which was still done unopposed, Fullerton J found that the first blog carried … Continue reading

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Blog debate defamation: Baglow v Smith 2011 ONSC 5131, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Canada

Omar Khadr is a Canadian David Hicks. As a 15 year old, he was captured by American troops in Afghanistan, and he now lives in Guantanamo Bay. In the Canadian political “blogosphere”, Dr Dawg is a left-leaning blogger who believes … Continue reading

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