Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003: Threat or Menace?

SCL Journal, October/ November 2012, Vol 23, Issue 4

6 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2013

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Lilian Edwards

University of Newcastle - Law School

Date Written: November 1, 2012

Abstract

Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 , once one of the more obscure provisions of the UK cybercrime world, has become notorious in 2012 for being used capriciously to suppress online speech in causes celebre such as the "Twitter joke trial" of Paul Chambers. After a brief survey of recent high profile cases, the article surveys the legislative background to s 127 and suggests a provision designed for post and telecoms in an era of state monopoly services is being misapplied to the many to many private infrastructure of Internet communications.

Keywords: social media, freedom of speech, cybercrime, UK law, twitter, facebook

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Lilian, Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003: Threat or Menace? (November 1, 2012). SCL Journal, October/ November 2012, Vol 23, Issue 4 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200166

Lilian Edwards (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle - Law School ( email )

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

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