This case saw three British ISPs (AOL, Tiscali and BT) being placed at the crosshair of publisher’s liability for defamatory posts shared through the Usenet newsgroups, due to the fact that the said ISPs provided the Internet connection to users who posted the defamatory material in question. The court found that the three ISPs cannot be regarded as publishers of the defamatory statements – instead, they should be seen as passive facilitators, lying outside of the scope of publisher’s liability.
Topic, claim, or defense
Defamation or Personality Rights
Lowest Domestic Court
Type of service provider
Internet Access Provider (Including Mobile)
Type of law
General effect on immunity