Gutnick Internet Defamation Article

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© Megan Macgregor and Mark Vincent 2003 CASE NOTE 1 Megan Macgregor, Senior Lawyer and Mark Vincent, Managing Partner of Griffins Information Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyers 2 Published in C & L Computers and Law – February/March 2003 The Internet is a remarkably effective tool for expressing dissatisfaction with public figures. Publication on the Internet has the potential to cause much greater damage to a person’s reputation than the dissemination of traditional printed statements. Accordingly there has been a steady flow of defamation suits through the courts in a number of jurisdictions. The defamation action raised by Joseph Gutnick, an Australian mining magnate, against Dow Jones and Company Inc. ( Dow Jones ) has received considerable media attention world- wide. A fair amount of that media attention has been of the apocalyptic variety including more than a few panic stricken predictions that days of freedom of speech on the Internet have gone forever. It is not surprising that the Gutnick decision offends the sensibilities of journalists, publishers and informed commentators in the United States. The First Amendment has provided considerable safeguards to protect their rights
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Page 2 1 © Megan Macgregor and Mark Vincent 2003 The article discussed Mr. Gutnick’s business and religious interests in depth and contained allegations that Mr. Gutnick was involved in money
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