Legal: "Canadian Supreme Court Rules You Can't Defame Someone With a Hyperlink"
From Ars Technica:
You may now exhale, Canadian journalists, bloggers, and Twitter users. Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously decided that posting a hyperlink to an allegedly defamatory article does not constitute defamation itself.
“I would conclude that a hyperlink, by itself, should never be seen as ‘publication’ of the content to which it refers,” opined Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, speaking for the panel reviewing the matter of Crookes versus Newton.
The court’s decision adds that “only when a hyperlinker presents content from the hyperlinked material in a way that actually repeats the defamatory content, should that content be considered to be ‘published’ by the hyperlinker.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.