“Supreme Court of Canada Stands Up for the Internet: No Liability for Linking”

Sighs of relief after a decision in a defamation case (Crooks v. Newton) reported on earlier. [Michael Geist] Justice Abella:

I would conclude that a hyperlink, by itself, should never be seen as “publication” of the content to which it refers.

Adventurous litigants in U.S. defamation cases have occasionally argued otherwise. On Canada, see also proposals to criminalize links to so-called hate speech.

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  • A good decision by a unanimous bench. This is one that the Supreme Court of Canada clearly got right and indicates a practical appreciation of the internet.