Crookes v Newton – Liability for Hyperlinks?

The Supreme Court of Canada is this morning hearing oral arguments in the case of Crookes v Newton, which will (hopefully) definitively determine the extent to which the act of hyperlinking to defamatory comments can itself constitute defamation.  The facta of the appellants and respondents are available at the SCC website.  Also worth reading are the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal (2009 BBCA 392) and the trial decision (2008 BCSC 1424).  Earlier this year, Sona Dhawan at The Court provided a nice summary of the case and its implications and David Crerar and Michael Skene offered some concise thoughts on the case over at AdIDEM.

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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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