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2. Issues in relation to the multiple publication rule have become more prominent in recent years as a result of the development of online archives. It is now common for organisations, particularly the media, and individuals to make previously published material available to everyone through an online archive. Whilst there is no statutory definition of what constitutes an online archive, for the purposes of this paper it should be taken to encompass electronic versions of traditional archives (such as those maintained by newspapers) as well as historical “blogs” (a type of online diary) and other electronic discussion forums.

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