libel

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libel

1. Law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. Ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
3. Scots law the formal statement of a charge
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45) So with ISPs shrouded in statutory protections and libelists cloaked in anonymity, parties aggrieved by cybersmear may be left with fingers, but with nowhere to point them.
They can, for example, sponsor larger, systemic values and, not least of all, act as a visible and powerful deterrent for aspiring libelists.