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Role of intermediaries needs to be redefined in defamation law reform, panel says

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 11:52 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The traditional concept of the publisher, and who is responsible for defamatory content, has drastically changed with the advent of the Internet. Now that the ability to “publish” is available to anyone with Internet access, the role that intermediaries play in disseminating information begs the question: should they be held liable?

This issue was tackled by a panel of academics at the Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) conference “Defamation Law and the Internet: Where Do We Go From Here?” which was held as part of a...