Internet Law

At Clarke Jeffers we have been assisting and advising both individuals and businesses in relation to legal aspects of conducting themselves and their business online. It is essential that if you are conducting any form of business online that you obtain legal advice to ensure that you are complying with both EU and Irish Law.

Across the globe internet and social media use is increasing on a daily basis. It is important to remember that social media sites or internet pages are not exempt from defamation laws. As such, we provide expert advice and guidance on how to deal with any issues in relation to same should they arise.

In particular we advise in relation to the following areas:

  • Online defamation claims

  • Online gaming and gambling services

  • Online auctions

  • Website Terms & Conditions

  • E-Commerce


View our frequently asked questions.

In circumstances where you are unable to identify the author of a defamatory statement that has appeared online, such as a tweet, it is possible to seek to hold the internet service provider or social media provider liable. It is important however that you take swift action.

A court may Order that the provider remove the defamatory content within a certain period of time failing which they will be responsible as publisher for the defamatory material. Injunctive proceedings are another option which the defamed person has to ensure that the publication ceases.

Yes, in circumstances where a service provider will not provide you with the information to assist you in identifying the person(s) behind the anonymous defamatory comments if is possible to apply to court for a Norwich Pharmacal Order.

A Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO) is sought in circumstances where you want to discover the identity of the person(s) behind the anonymous defamatory comments. An NPO if granted compels a third party, such as an internet service provider to provide you with information to assist you in identifying the person(s).

A NPO involves the bringing of action by a injured party against a defendant who may not have committed any wrong but due to some involvement with the defamatory act, they may be able to identify for the injured party the wrongdoer who has caused the injury complained of. The information is generally sought to facilitate the commencement of proceedings against the wrongdoer by the injured party. The injured party will generally argue that in the absence of the information held by the service provider their ability to seek redress is compromised or diminished.


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