McLeod v St Aubyn: PC 1899

St. Vincent: The defendant was accused of publishing a statement by handing over an unread copy of a newspaper for return the following day.
Held: There was no sufficient degree of awareness or intention to impose legal responsibility for that ‘publication’.
Lord Morris said: ‘A printer and publisher intends to publish, and so intending cannot plead as a justification that he did not know the contents. The appellant in this case never intended to publish.’


Lord Morris


[1899] AC 549, [1899] UKPC 51



Cited by:

CitedBunt v Tilley and others QBD 10-Mar-2006
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CitedMetropolitan International Schools Ltd. (T/A Skillstrain And/Or Train2Game) v Designtechnica Corp (T/A Digital Trends) and Others QBD 16-Jul-2009
The claimant complained that the defendant had published on its internet forums comments by posters which were defamatory of it, and which were then made available by the second defendant search engine. The court was asked what responsibility a . .
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Contempt of Court, Commonwealth

Updated: 29 June 2022; Ref: scu.223753