Full Interview: Can a hyperlink be libellous?


If I write something defamatory about you, and publish it on the internet, there's a word for that: libel. Here in Canada, we have libel laws. If I call you a horse thief on my blog, and you're not a horse thief... you can sue me.

But what if someone else calls you a horse thief on their blog, and I simply link to it? Is that libel?

That's the question at the heart of a case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on December 7: Crookes v. Newton. And the Court's decision could have serious repercussions for the interconnected, hyperlinked world of the web.

To find out more about so-called "link libel," Nora talked to David Fewer. David is the director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa, which is an intervener in the case. A shorter version of this interview will air on Spark 130, but you can hear the full, uncut interview here. [runs 15:36]

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