Web Hyperlinks Are Not Libel, Canada's High Court Says

Law360, New York (October 19, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT) -- Canada’s high court gave free speech advocates a win Wednesday, when it ruled hyperlinks embedded in websites acted as references — not as the publication of independent ideas — and so could not be libel.

In a 6-3 majority landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada held that people who post Internet hyperlinks to defamatory content are not themselves liable for defamation.

As a result, the court dismissed the appeal brought by Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes and his company West Coast Title Search Ltd. claiming blogger...
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