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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Approaches To Internet Defamation: The Canadian and U.S. Regimes

Antonin I. Pribetic, Himelfarb Proszanski, and Marc J. Randazza, Randazza Legal Group, have published 'War of the Words': Differing Canadian and American Approaches to Internet Defamation at 2015 Annual Review of Civil Litigation 403. Here is the 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.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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