UK’s New Defamation Law May Accelerate the Death of Anonymous User-Generated Content Internationally (Forbes Cross-Post)

24 11 2013

[ed: although there are defamation and safe harbor tags on this post, this is International IP action]

By Eric Goldman

Historically, United Kingdom defamation law has been victim-favorable.  In an effort to modernize its defamation law, the UK Parliament recently enacted the Defamation Act 2013 (royal assent was given on April 25).  The act generally makes it harder for plaintiffs to win defamation lawsuits, but I’ll focus on the effects of Section 5 of the act, entitled “Operators of websites.”

Section 5 sets up a “notice-and-takedown” system for defamation from user-generated content (UGC).


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