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Supreme Court rules on jurisdiction in online defamation cases

July 2011 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms) . Legal Developments by Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale.

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by Barbieri Antonella and Besemer Francesca

The Supreme Court has declared that in online defamation cases, the competent court is the court of the accused's place of residence.(1) The decision in question related to a person who was accused of defamation in two different proceedings; one was heard by the Criminal Court of Sassari (ie, the court of the accused's place of residence) and the other by the Criminal Court of Arezzo, which was the location of the computer server. 

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