Knesset c'tee approves internet libel bill proposal

December 13, 2010 18:40

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved on Monday a bill proposed by MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) that will require internet service providers in Israel to disclose the personal details of website talkback writers accused of spreading defamatory or slanderous remarks.

Based on the proposed bill, any individual who believes internet comments written about his person constitute libelous slander can petition a court to force an internet service provide him with the personal address details of the comments' authors. If the court agrees with the petitioner that the said comments could reasonably constitute libel in a court of a law, it may then issue an order to the internet provider to release the relevant personal details to the petitioner to enable him to sue those who allegedly defamed him.

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