HUFFINGTON POST
07/31/2011 05:04 am ET Updated Sep 29, 2011

Online Anonymity: Court Cases Weigh Free Speech Against Defamation Laws

In 2010, the website auroracitizen.ca featured an online chat forum where participants discussed a local election campaign. After [former Aurora, Ontario mayor Phyllis] Morris was defeated in the election, she launched a legal action against the site, the chat forum moderators, its lawyers, and website host to order them to disclose the identity of three anonymous posters. Morris did not identify the specific defamatory words, but claimed that six posts were defamatory.

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