Defamation and invasion of privacy

Barker, Kit (2012). Defamation and invasion of privacy. In Kit Barker, Peter Cane, Mark Lunney and Francis Trinidade (Ed.), The Law of Torts in Australia 5th ed. (pp. 303-416) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

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Author Barker, Kit
Title of chapter Defamation and invasion of privacy
Title of book The Law of Torts in Australia
Place of Publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Year available 2011
Edition 5th
ISBN 9780195572391
Editor Kit Barker
Peter Cane
Mark Lunney
Francis Trinidade
Chapter number 7
Start page 303
End page 416
Total pages 114
Total chapters 19
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The purpose of the tort of defamation is often said to be to protect reputations – both those of individuals and corporations. But what is a reputation? At its most basic, it is the view which others have of us – the (good) esteem in which we are held or standing we enjoy in the general community. No two reputations are the same, but they all depend in this way on community judgments. Most often these judgements are moral, but they can also be based on attitudes or criteria which have no obvious, ethical dimension. A corporation‘s reputation is hence commonly shaped by the market‘s economic appraisal of its creditworthiness or performance, and individual reputations can be affected (questionably, one might think) by widely-shared social attitudes towards a person‘s heredity, health, colour, appearance or sexuality – all matters which lie beyond their control. A reputation therefore comprises not just a person‘s moral standing in a community, but 'all aspects' of that person‘s standing – moral, economic and social.
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