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Monday, February 23, 2009


Ernest Moretti

This blog is so helpful. I have been reading this blog for some time. Wanted to let you know that. I am a fan and enjoy your post. Libel tourism is a growing concern online, where individuals can find a country with the most favorable libel laws and sue from there for any item posted on the Internet. I think the libel law make the situation even worse. The entry costs to make a libel claim can be very low. Outside the US, truth is often not a defence in a libel case, and the actual malice standard of the Sullivan case, which is a cornerstone of free speech and the First Amendment, is not accepted in the UK, Canada. Truth is, however, a defence in a UK libel case and the Unless there is absolute immunity.

Vikas Gupta

US jurisdictions deserved it.

Dr. Barbara Levine Bartlett

If the United States wasn't so difficult to obtain relief that genuine victims of libel, then they would make a jurisdiction shopping. Also, just because the US lets people say almost what they want with impunity, if they use a medium that's available internationally they should expect legal trouble in those jurisdictions

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