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Crookes v. Newton

In this case the Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether hyperlinking to defamatory material – defamatory material hosted by someone else, elsewhere on the internet – amounts to publication for the purposes of a claim in defamation. The BCCLA will argue, if it is granted leave to intervene, that hyperlinking is not publication and that treating it as if it were would radically discourage the interlinking that gives the internet its vitality. Hearings are set to begin in December 2010.

BCCLA argument

Paul Schabas and Roy Millen of Blake, Cassels & Graydon are representing the BCCLA.