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

Submitted by on May 12, 2013 – 5:53 am

Social Trend – While we expected the UK Defamation Act to provide additional legal comfort to website operators, instead it creates an apparent dilemma for them. If UGC websites want the legal protection of a notice-and-takedown system, they have to authenticate and identify their users. If they don’t, then they lose the act’s protection, exposing them to potential liability for defamatory UGC even if they never receive a takedown notice. Faced with this dilemma, UGC website operators in UK surely will prevent users from publicly posting any content until the website operator has authenticated the user’s identity and contact information. … Read more

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