Online defamation cases more than double thanks to social media

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  • "silly little defence"

    Its seems that the post makes a strong moralistic arguement- libel law is not just designed for the rich- as it is so often stigmatised to be- and the examples given do demonstrate why people need protection. Rather than calling it "silly" why not articulate an actual response to the points?!

    If message boards annoy you- don't read them!!!!

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  • Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a properly functioning society. People should have the right to put their ideas forward and others should be free to challenge those opinions. A board like this is an excellent example of people having the chance to be forthright and challenge the views of others.

    Where difficulties arise are where comments are put forward either to deliberately mislead or where a challenge doesn't carry the same authority / reach the same audience.

    I see the 16 cases as a good example of common sense on the part of the general public. There are very few situations where recourse to the courts is appropriate. The Norway example above appears to be one of those rare cases.

    The posts above intrigue me. Reading them I was struck by how articulate people were on the subject and how they clearly believe these cases are important. The problem is that I can't reconcile these strongly held beliefs with the statistics, in partiular complete lack of pro bono work.

    It's tempting to label these people as hypocrites who self-righteously trot out convincing arguments but don't care enough to commit their time to resolving the issue.

    However, I don't think this is the case. I think that these people believe in the principle of being able to defend your reputation but they also appreciate that in 99.9% of cases court action would be an utterly disproportionate recourse.

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