Articles about Internet Law

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Ontario has an anti-SLAPP law intended to encourage expression and debate on matters of public interest, by discouraging meritless lawsuits meant to stifle that expression.

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Defamation Lawyer, Gil Zvulony successfully defended an Anti-SLAPP motion for his client. The case involved postings about a real estate agent on WeChat.

An Anti-SLAPP motion seeks to have a legal proceeding dismissed because it is a proceeding that limits freedom of expression on a matter of public interest (Gag Proceeding). Mr. Zvulony was one of the first to test Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation in the courts in another case.

The full day motion was argued virtually using Zoom. The judge found in favour of Mr. Zvulony’s client and dismissed the Anti-SLAPP motion.

In his judgment, the judge thanked Mr. Zvulony for the superb quality of his oral and written submissions. The case can be found here: Niu v. Cao, 2020 ONSC 5407 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/j9kt8>

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Toronto internet lawyer, Gil Zvulony was recently interviewed by City News about the laws dealing with online harassment and cyber bullying.

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Gil Zvulony spoke to CityNews about the problem of predators and pedophiles using dating websites to lure children. Gil cautioned that many dating websites do not verify the identity of their users. He also, highlighted that the law, as it currently stands, does not require dating sites to actively pre-screen their users.

The federal government has introduced Bill C-13 ostensibly as an effort to address the problem of cyber-bullying.  In November 2013, Toronto Internet Lawyer Gil Zvulony gave his views on the proposed legislation to the CBC.

Recently, in a letter to the editor touting the benefits of Bill C-13, Justice Minister, Peter Mackay, cited Gil Zvulony’s opinion opinion about the Bill.  He referred to Gil Zvulony’s interview with the CBC where Mr. Zvulony stated that “…there is a logical theme to all of this, in the sense that it’s trying to modernize [the code] for the digital age”.

 

 

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Toronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony, recently spoke to CITY TV NEWS regarding a man who was convicted of harassing several women online.  Mr. Zvulony stressed that people need to be aware that online actions, such as stalking and harassment, can have real world consequences, such as criminal prosecution.

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Toronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony recently spoke to the Business News Network (BNN) about Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).  The law came into effect on July 1, 2014.  The law prohibits the sending of most commercial electronic messages without the prior consent of the recipient.

General information about CASL can be found at: http://fightspam.gc.ca

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CBCToronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony recently spoke to the national media regarding the ability of YouTube to monitor its videos for threatening behaviour.  The discussion arose out of a murderer’s apparent warnings and threats on YouTube prior to committing his crimes.  Gil Zvulony’s positions was that YouTube should not be held responsible for matters that it is not aware of.

You can read the stories here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/elliot-rodger-killings-show-difficulty-of-policing-youtube-1.2654778

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/27/elliot-rodger-youtube_n_5395933.html

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Gil-ZvulonyToronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony recently spoke to CityNews about theDirty.com (see clip above).  The Dirty.com is a website where people can anonymously post photos and make comments about others. It is often used as a forum for defamation and cyber-bullying.  The law as it relates to theDirty.com and websites like it are complex.  Many different areas of law are engaged such as defamation law, copyright law, criminal law, privacy law and international law.

For further reading on some common legal issues that arise with sites like theDirty.com see the following :