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The Law of Defamation and the Internet

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Matthew Collins

Price: 142.00

Edition: 2nd Edition (November 2005)

ISBN: 978-0-19-928182-4

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The internet continues to grow with an ever increasing number of users.  With that growth comes an the increase of websites and the use of blogs.  These issues cause unique problems because it potentially publishes a defamatory comment to the world.  If it does, complex issues of jurisdiction and applicable law arise.  Fortunately, Matthew Collins' The Law of Defamation and the Internet answers many of those questions.

Written primarily for practitioners, The Law of Defamation and the Internet provides a lucid and engaging account of defamation law and its application to the internet.  It is extremely accessible and explains the fundamental principles in a logical and engaging way.  By doing so, the author ensures the text can be anyone from an undergraduate student to an experienced practitioner.

The Law of Defamation and the Internet adopts an extremely practical approach by explaining several internet libel cases in an insightful and impressive way.  For example, the author sensitively considers the landmark case on ISP liability in Godfrey v Demon Internet [1999] 4 All ER 342.  His approach allows The Law of Defamation and the Internet to be both an academic commentary mixed with a practical guide on this fascinating area of law.

The Law of Defamation and the Internet is the leading text in this specific area of law.  By arranging the material into a logical and accessible way, the text is a fantastic account of this area of law for both students and practitioners.  It is also well priced and provides excellent value for money.  It is hoped that the author continues to update this excellent text in the years to come.

Reviewed on 3 April 2008

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