National Legislature Plans to Impose Liabilities on Online Portal Companies

From China Law and Governance Review: The China Internet Network Information Center (中国互联网络信息中心) reports that China now has 59.1 million internet users, making it second only to the U.S. with respect to the number of netizens. With the popular upsurge in the use of the Internet, however, the number of Internet libel suits being brought has also skyrocketed.

The onslaught of court cases involving online libel has prompted the National People’s Congress to amend its draft Civil Code (Ê∞ëÊ≥ïÂÖ∏) and expose online portal companies to legal liability if they fail: (a) to remove the libelous posting or (b) to track down the registration information of the offending party, even though the company knew or had been informed by the victim that the posting contained libelous information


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