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Hyperlinks Not Defamatory According to Supreme Court of Canada

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law Blog (JETLaw Blog), April 18, 2012

6 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2011 Last revised: 30 Sep 2012

Emir Crowne

University of the West Indies (Mona)

Arif A. Mahmood

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 13, 2011

Abstract

In Crookes v. Newton, 2011 SCC 47, a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a hyperlink, by itself, cannot be defamatory, as it cannot be seen as a “publication” of the content to which it refers.

Keywords: hyperlinks, defamation, defamatory, publication, defences, hyperlink, technology, computers, Supreme Court, Canada

Suggested Citation

Crowne, Emir and Mahmood, Arif A., Hyperlinks Not Defamatory According to Supreme Court of Canada (November 13, 2011). Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law Blog (JETLaw Blog), April 18, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1974013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1974013

Emir Crowne (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies (Mona) ( email )

Faculty of Law
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Jamaica

Arif A. Mahmood

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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