'War of the Words': Differing Canadian and American Approaches to Internet Defamation

Annual Review of Civil Litigation, p. 403, 2015

34 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2015 Last revised: 28 Oct 2015

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Antonin I. Pribetic

Ministry of the Attorney General -Crown Law Office -Civil

Marc Randazza

Randazza Legal Group; World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Università di Torino Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2015

Abstract

This article provides a comparative analysis of differing approaches to Canadian and American internet defamation law. It begins with a discussion of the elements of a cause of action and available defences. It then canvasses jurisdiction and choice of law issues. Following a review of notice requirements and limitation periods, it provides the mechanics for unmasking anonymous defendants – John Doe applications, Norwich Pharmacal orders, injunctive relief. Finally, the paper outlines the key legal issues in the recognition and enforcement of Canadian and American cyberlibel judgments abroad, within the context of the libel tourism debate.

Keywords: defamation, libel, internet, jurisdiction, choice of law, anonymous, cyberlibel, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, libel tourism, First Amendment, free speech

JEL Classification: K13, K33, K41

Suggested Citation

Pribetic, Antonin I. and Randazza, Marc, 'War of the Words': Differing Canadian and American Approaches to Internet Defamation (September 30, 2015). Annual Review of Civil Litigation, p. 403, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2677713

Antonin I. Pribetic (Contact Author)

Ministry of the Attorney General -Crown Law Office -Civil

Ontario
Canada

Marc Randazza

Randazza Legal Group ( email )

United States

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ( email )

34, chemin des Colombettes
Geneva 20, CH-1211
Switzerland

Università di Torino Faculty of Law ( email )

Torino
Italy

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