| Commentary

227 Innocent dissemination and secondary responsibility

| Commentary

227 Innocent dissemination and secondary responsibility

Section 1 of the Defamation Act 1996 provides a defence to someone who is neither author, editor nor publisher of the defamatory statement and can show that he took all reasonable care and was ignorant of the defamatory content. This typically applies to those with secondary responsibility such as printers and distributors or live broadcasters who can show they have no editorial control and no knowledge of the offending material.

This statutory provision was applied in the first reported United Kingdom ruling on internet defamation in April 19991. Although the court accepted that Internet Service

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