ISP’s liability for online defamation: a comparative study with UK and US / Fazfida Najua Mohd Fadzlan, Nurul Asyikin Noh and Nurul Shakila Ibrahim

Mohd Fadzlan, Fazfida Najua and Noh, Nurul Asyikin and Ibrahim, Nurul Shakila (2012) ISP’s liability for online defamation: a comparative study with UK and US / Fazfida Najua Mohd Fadzlan, Nurul Asyikin Noh and Nurul Shakila Ibrahim. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


With the evolution of time and technological devices, defamatory matter today has acquired itself a more 'global presence' in which it is capable of reaching mass numbers of people. This research is regarding Internet Service Provider (ISP) liability for online defamation. Despite the fact that ISPs is just acting as mere intermediaries, there are floodgates of claim against it whenever there is an online defamation suit. In fact, there should be a balance interest between the internet users and ISP which merely acted as intermediaries. This research will analyze the adequacy of our laws pertaining to this matter. For this purpose, several laws as well as regulations from the other countries will be compared with. We are in fact left behind in term of our laws as well as a practice to cope with online defamation suit. There is no explicit provision to govern the scope as well as the extent of the liability of ISP. ISP role is only being compiled under the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998. Yet, the wordings in those acts were found to be to general, leaving many questions behind. Plus, the traditional defamation law is also said to be too general to cope with the online defamation because internet is indeed unique in its creature. It needs further clarification. Several critics will also be looked into the laws as well as how and what are the recommendations to deal with several lacunas or inadequacy of the law. This will in turn revealed several lacunas or inadequacy of the already existing law. As the saying goes, 'the biggest room in this world is the room for improvement', and it is indeed many improvements in the law that could be made.


Item Type: Student Project
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Mohd Fadzlan, Fazfida Najua
Noh, Nurul Asyikin
Ibrahim, Nurul Shakila
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Mohd Yasin, Siti Hajar (Prof Madya)
Subjects: K Law > K Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence > Technology and law
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Law
Programme: Bachelor in Legal Studies (Hons)
Keywords: online, defamation, liability
Date: December 2012
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