A new dawn for defamation?

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By Kath Livingston

The Defamation Act 2013 comes into force on 1 January 2014. Shoosmiths provides details of the new regulations that will govern website operators when on notice of a complaint about online material.

In its original update, the law firm reported on the main changes and obstacles for companies arising out of the act.

New regulations — also in force from 1 January — set out the procedure when notice of complaint is received. If the procedure is followed, a website operator will have a complete defence under section 5 of the act in relation to the material complained of in the notice…

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