oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Defamation on the Internet and other computer networks



Although the importance of legislative control has been discussed at length by lawyers, academies, philosophers and politicians ever since the inception of the Internet, there is little jurisprudence dealing with the Internet, as there have been few cases specifically involving its use. However, what is abundantly clear, is that some form of national and international regulation is necessary to prevent this global network's potential legal problems from getting out of hand. This article considers the legal ramifications of defamation on computer networks with specific focus on the Internet. After a comparative analysis of the English and American systems, the problem will be discussed and suggestions made on how to deal with it from a South African perspective.


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