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Defamation and the Internet
The hallmark of the internet is its ability to vastly increase the capacity for the free exchange of ideas. Through email, messages can be sent almost instantaneously to specific recipients throughout the world. More significantly, through the posting of material on web pages, forums and other similar media, information can be published globally to non-specific recipients. While there are obvious benefits, the ease with which information can be massively proliferated can also greatly increase the damage caused by false or harmful information.
Linking Legal Issues
The internet is an astonishing medium of communication. It allows anyone to access enormous amounts of information from sources anywhere in the world. Commercialization of the internet was inevitable as merchants searched for ways to broaden their markets.