Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Douglas on Assessment of Damages in Defamation by Social Media

Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Faculty of Law, has published ‘Their Evil Lies in the Grapevine Effect’: Assessment of Damages in Defamation by Social Media at 20 Media and Arts Review 367 (2015).

The number of cases of defamation by social media is growing. This article examines the principles of assessment of damages as they apply to those cases. In particular, the article examines the concept of the ‘grapevine effect’: a metaphor used to explain the basis for recovery of general damages for defamation. The grapevine effect has been deployed to notable effect in recent cases of publication by social media. The article argues that the role of the ‘grapevine effect’ reflects the purposes of awards of damages for defamation in light of the unique characteristics of social media.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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