Defamation Act 2013 curbs libel tourism in England

The Press Gazette has provided an excellent summary of the new Defamation Act 2013 (UK) which is now in force.

The new serious harm test and single publication rule for web articles should now at least bring some comfort to those who (now some time ago!) feared the wide reaching flood-gate opening ramifications of the Gutnick decision.

The new ‘report and remove’ regime will help online website operators by doing away with any need to moderate comments. In return a robust complaint handling system will need to be put into place and terms and conditions for use of the website updated.

It’s worth reading the practical steps suggested in the article to look at what you may need to do to bring your website into line – and as with anything legal, if in doubt, get some good advice – let me know if you need any recommendations for this.

Published by Brett

Brett is an experienced lawyer and business executive who focuses on commercial outcomes. He has worked across three sectors in England & Australia advising and leading initiatives in digital, media and technology

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