‘Ceaseless liability’ for internet libel is not a barrier to free speech, rules ECHR

‘Ceaseless liability’ for internet libel is not a barrier to free speech, rules ECHR: “Publishers’ indefinite liability for defamatory material in their online archives is not a restriction on their rights to free speech, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The decision backs a 160-year-old rule of English law.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

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1 Comment on "‘Ceaseless liability’ for internet libel is not a barrier to free speech, rules ECHR"

  1. I do not envy the lawmakers that must struggle with these issues. However, if we were to reduce this to the basic elements it is easy to see that the victim of libel can struggle indefinitely with the damaging effects. Furthermore, they could be hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of search engine results and the offending material could take many months or years to work their way up the search engine results whereby the victim can actually see them. A common sense compromise would be that there is a limited statute of limitations, but that clock would start ticking from the time the victim discovers the libelous materials.

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