Modernising Defamation law in Scotland

In 2017 the Scots Law Commission proposed reforming the law of Defamation in Scotland, updating a law that had been untouched since 1996.

Open Rights Group has been contributing to the various consultations, ensuring that freedom of expression online in Scotland is protected.

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Making Scots Defamation law fit for the digital age

We are fighting alongside other organisations in Scotland for key reforms:

  • Restrict the liability of internet intermediaries to prevent immediate and pre-emptive takedowns.
  • Maintain fairness for disputed material, where the defamatory nature is yet to be determined.
  • Limit the time for which a statement can be claimed to be defamatory.

So far we have:

  • Responded to the Scottish Law Commission’s proposal.
  • Contributed to Scottish Government’s public consultation
  • Contributed to the Justice Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill
  • Held events to help the public contribute to the Government’s public consultation

We are continuing to monitor the progress of the Bill to ensure a fit for purpose law.

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