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Web-Based Defamation in the 21st Century: Crookes v. Newton and Future Implications

As the Internet continues to rapidly expand at the speed of “life” in the twenty first century, so too must our centuries old laws in order to keep pace with the new realities. One recent example of this legal shift towards modernism can be demonstrated in Canada’s first appeal involving the issue of whether posting hyperlinks onto one’s own website, which link to other defamatory sources can trigger liability for defamation.

This was precisely the situation in Crookes v. Newton, a British Columbia Court of Appeal decision released on September 15, 2009. In this case, the plaintiff, a Vancouver businessman, sued the defendant, the operator of a free speech website. The website, www.p2pnet.com published an article about the plaintiff who at the time was suing some other websites for defamatory content written about him.

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