Heather Ford

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Lessons on libel: South African blogger sued for defamation

  11 January 2009

After South African Donn Edwards wrote in his blog about the dubious marketing tactics of a holiday rental company called Quality Vacation Club, he was sued for defamation. This was interpreted as an attack on all bloggers in South Africa so a campaign to support him was launched, a Facebook group and dozens of bloggers wrote about it. Here are a few lessons on libel for bloggers.

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I'm a South African blogger and Internet rights activist working in the field of open innovation and digital entrepreneurship. Formerly ED of iCommons and Project Lead for Creative Commons South Africa, I'm especially interested in copyright and Internet law issues, and in the psychosocial aspects of online communities.

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