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15. In addition, there could be a risk that the operation of the multiple publication rule would result in multiple actions relating to the same material. However, the Law Commission’s scoping study indicated that claimant lawyers had expressed the view that where an action is brought in relation to defamatory material accessed on an archive, it is a relatively simple matter to place a notice on the archive, thus considerably lessening the impact of the defamation. Following from this, it may be argued that if the original material is the subject of defamation proceedings, the multiple publication rule neither produces a need for a blanket privilege attaching to archive material; nor unreasonably inhibits the maintenance of archives. If a warning notice were placed alongside the relevant archive material, this could reduce or remove the possibility of further proceedings being brought.

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