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Monday 20 January 2014

The Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013– who do they really benefit?

The changes introduced by the new Defamation Act 2013 (the “2013 Act”), which came into force on 1 January 2014, have considerably altered the manner in which defamation claims are brought (and defended) in the UK. One such change – the introduction of a new defence for certain website operators – was intended to strike a balance between offering claimants a speedier form of redress in relation to online defamation, whilst also providing website operators with a specific defence to such claims. However, it is questionable whether the Act will actually succeed in achieving either of these aims in practice.

Aideen Burke

MH Media & Technology

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