Canadian Libel Law Raises Net Free Speech Chill

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, BBC international version, michaelgeist.ca version, p2pnet) places the spotlight on this week's fundraiser in support of P2Pnet.net, a British Columbia-based website that is being sued for defamation for comments posted on the site by its readers. The importance of the Internet intermediary liabilty issue extends well beyond just Internet service providers - corporate websites that allow for user feedback, education websites featuring chatrooms, or even individual bloggers who permit comments face the prospect of demands to remove content that is alleged to violate the law.