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Supreme Court Backs "Fair Comment Clause" Online

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has stated that people will be able to rely on the "fair comment" clause if they are being sued for libel, even if they don't have any facts to justify an offending comment.

The court ruled that the current defacement law was not up to date with the 21st century and could rob people of their right to express free speech.

According to the Telegraph, the ruling comes after a defacement case filed against music promoter Jason Spiller, by the manager of The Gilletts Craig Joseph. Spiller had made remarks about the band on his website for not honoring the terms of an agreement with him. Joseph subsequently sued Spiller for defacement.

Lord Phillips, the judge who made the ruling, said in a statement that: “Today the internet has made it possible for the man in the street to make public comment about others in a manner that did not exist when the principles of the law of fair comment were developed, and millions take advantage of that opportunity”.