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Page views, not site-hits, needed for defamation claim

By Steven | November 10, 2008

Want to sue someone for defamation for something posted online? You’ll need better evidence than the number of people who visited the website, according to the British High Court. The courts won’t assume that visitors to the website will have hunted out the material you’re suing about (unless it’s high up on the home page, perhaps). So you’ll need evidence of page-views. Still, you should be able to get it during the discovery phase of a defamation lawsuit in most cases.

See also Al Amoundi v Brisard, where the High Court held in 2006 that the plaintiff has to prove the allegedly defamatory material was accessed and downloaded in the court’s jurisdiction.

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