Crookes v Newton – More Follow-up Commentary

Since October’s Supreme Court of Canada decision in Crookes v. Newton 2011 SCC 47 (for previous Signal discussion on the topic, see here) there has been an outpouring of news stories and commentary, and I thought it useful to highlight the following items:

  • Paul Schabas and Jon Goheen offer a detailed consideration of the case (Supreme Court of Canada Protects Hyperlinkers), concluding: “the decision should deter many potential libel actions against bloggers and Internet forum operators in Canada, who can now rest assured that they will not be responsible for links to defamatory material unless they repeat the defamation or author new defamation”
  • Tamir Israel offers even more detailed thoughts on the Crookes decision and the issue of intermediary liability (for such matters as copyright infringement): Crookes v Newton – Speculations on Intermediary Liability (also worth reading is the discussion in the comments to the post)
Bob Tarantino

About Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino is Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and focuses his practice on the interface between the entertainment industries and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of the creative process, from development to delivery and exploitation.

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