This module introduces defamation and internet defamation. How we conduct ourselves in the virtual world can have some very powerful real world consequences.
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The articles below cover cases that dealt with defamation:
It was found that all statements by Verdun to Astley were defamatory and that Verdun acted with malice. The jury awarded damages of up to $650,000 against Verdun. The court ordered a permanent ruling for Verdun, restraining him from publishing anything in any medium whatsoever about Astley.
Rancourt was accused of defamation for a blog post that called St. Lewis “a house negro.” Rancourt counter argued with fair comment but failed and the jury awarded St. Lewis a total of $794,895 in damages.
Awan was part of a protest that sparked online debate over the Canadian Human Rights Act section for hate speech. Levant was found to have defamed Awan with malicious comments, Levant is to pay a total of $80,000.
"This decision affirms for employers that, absent evidence of malice, negative references about current or former employees will generally be protected from liability for defamation."
Defamation is separated into Libel (written statements) and Slander (oral statements). These are untrue statements that are harmful to someone's reputation. The statements can be about a person, business, organization, group, nation, or product.
"According to Article 17 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, no person may be subjected to unlawful interference with his family, home, privacy, honor, or reputation. It also specifies that every person has the right to be protected against such interference."
Generally, a harmful statement will not amount to libel, if one of the following defences applies:
This information comes from Legalline.ca's page on defamation laws and the internet.
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