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Defamation: sometimes it IS a laughing matter

By Steven | December 16, 2008

Justice Tugendhart has thrown out Elton John’s defamation case against the Guardian for publishing a spoof diary entry. The judge said it was “obviously a form of teasing” and no reasonable reader would take defamatory meanings from it.

Chalk one up on the free speech side of the complete mess that is the sector of defamation law dealing with humour and satire.

Topics: Defamation | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Defamation: sometimes it IS a laughing matter”

  1. Whaleoil Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    How ironic considering you acted for someone I lampooned and tried to sue me.

    Excuse me while I just hold my sides laughing.

  2. Steven Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Oh, so you were only joking about all that stuff you published? Well, it’s nice to get that clear.


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