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Corporate Claimants in Libel: Part 2, The Defamation Act 2013 and its Impact – Guy Vassall-Adams QC

Parliament decided to legislate in relation to corporate libel claimants by tackling head on the presumption of harm. By s.1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013, Parliament established the well-known serious harm test: “A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to reputation”. By s1.(2), it was provided that “harm to the reputation of a body that trades for profit is not serious harm unless it has caused or is likely to cause serious financial loss”. Continue reading

Online Publication Claims: Takedown and Complaint Form Links – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

One of the issues lawyers often get asked by their clients is what steps they can take to get unlawful or offensive content removed from the internet without having to bring legal proceedings. The major providers of information society services all provide takedown and complaint forms so that issues can be raised about unlawful material which is published or made available by them. Continue reading

Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Continue reading

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