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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby dls » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:32 pm

Find a use of defame which isn't derived from its legal meaning.
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby atticus » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:37 pm

It is what happens to the winner of X Factor after a couple of weeks.
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby dls » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:54 pm

I give in.
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:38 pm

dls wrote:Find a use of defame which isn't derived from its legal meaning.

Was the word invented for the express purpose of creating legislation against it? Or did it exist before it was made unlawful?
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby atticus » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:37 pm

Defamation existed as a common law tort long before any legislation on the subject.
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby Millbrook2 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:49 pm

Hairyloon wrote:I suggest that is a guideline rather than a term of use.
I can't see that it matters as long as they are not confused.


I said 'a point of the board' not a term of use. In other words it might be assumed a user was using a term in it's legal sense but I take your point about confusion. I look forward to you flagging it up when you go for common rather than legal usage.
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:19 am

atticus wrote:Defamation existed as a common law tort long before any legislation on the subject.

Was the word invented to create the tort?
Do the rules of Common Law expressly prohibit an entity from being defamed?
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Re: Why is this news so quiet?

Postby atticus » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:35 am

The common law on defamation has been amended by the Defamation Act 2013. Section 1 provides that a statement is not defamatory unless it causes "serious harm"; which in the case of a body trading for profit means that "serious financial loss" is caused.

There had been a related tort of "trade libel".
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