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18. A possible alternative to the multiple publication rule would be to adopt a single publication rule. This would mean that instead of the limitation period running from the time of each publication of the defamatory material, it would run from the date of the first publication, even if copies of the material continued to be made and re-published years later. This would also mean that as regards defamation claims brought in England and Wales a claimant would be limited to bringing only one action in relation to particular defamatory material. It would prevent the bringing of multiple claims in the way that is possible at present. However, any such rule would not affect the possibility of a claimant suing abroad in respect of the publication of the same material in one or more foreign jurisdictions.

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