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Libel & Slander Act v The Internet

Ontario’s Libel and Slander Act[1] contains certain notice and claim requirements and deadlines which, if not followed, will act as a bar against any potential action for defamation.  In particular:

  • Section 5(1) provides that no action for libel in a “newspaper” or in a “broadcast” lies unless a plaintiff, within six weeks after the alleged libel has come to the plaintiff’s knowledge, gives written notice to the defendant.
  • Section 6, for its part, states that an action for a libel in a “newspaper” or in a “broadcast” must be commenced within three months after the libel has come to the knowledge of the person defamed.

Damages for Online Defamation

[…] the Internet is also potentially a medium of virtually limitless international defamation [emphasis added].

–  R.A. Blair J.A., Ontario Court of Appeal quoting Matthew Collins, The Law of Defamation and the Internet (Oxford University Press, 2001)

The hay day for people to retreat to the internet and anonymously and publicly defame others behind a veil of secrecy, without feat of liability, are coming to an end.

Defamation on the Internet

The internet has changed a lot of things.  Not the least of which is the amount, frequency and scope of defamation.  This article outlines the impact of the internet on peoples’ ability to defame and be defamed, and touches on how to track down, identify, and sue defaming individuals.