Online defamation and liability for linked pages

Credits: Lexology By: Max Windich, Manches LLP

‘The recent case of McGrath and MCG Productions Ltd v Dawkins and others highlights the risks run and precautions to be taken by website operators in relation to their site’s content. Uniquely, the case also opens up the possibility of website operators being held liable not only for content hosted on their sites, but for the content of material to which their sites are linked.’

‘The case is a salutary reminder to website operators to keep a weather eye on potential liability where user-submitted content is permitted on their site.’

‘Operators should also be cautious about linking to other sites which may contain unlawful material.’

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