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Third party internet liability and the European Court of Human Rights, again: MTE v Hungary

Caddell, Richard ORCID: 2016. Third party internet liability and the European Court of Human Rights, again: MTE v Hungary. Communications Law 21 (3) , pp. 88-91.

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The liability of third parties for the libellous, threatening or offensive statements of others remains a complex and complicated issue. While many jurisdictions have sought to thaw the chilling effect of unrestrained third party liability for the transmission of offending texts–the previous pursuit of newsagents for the sale of edgily satirical publications being a distinctly unedifying example from England and Wales–the internet has created particular difficulties in this regard. Unlike the physical transmission of libellous or litigation-worthy statements, the internet has facilitated large armies of keyboard warriors, able to strike indiscriminately and in largely permanent format. This has created significant challenges for web-hosts and site-managers, who may provide a wellmeaning forum for community engagement, but can nonetheless face censure for the excesses of a small number of their (often anonymised and untraceable …

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
ISSN: 1746-7616
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:48

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