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It is proposed that if the multiple publication rule were retained, the limitation period should not be extended from the current period of one year from the date of publication (with discretion to extend). It is suggested that, if a single publication rule were to be introduced, the arguments for extending the limitation period beyond one year are not strong, but seeks views on whether a ‘date of publication’ or ‘date of knowledge’ approach should be used, and whether the latter should be accompanied by a ten year long-stop from the date of publication. An alternative approach is also considered of extending the defence of qualified privilege to publications on online archives outside the one year limitation period for the initial publication, unless the publisher refuses or neglects to update the electronic version, on request, with a reasonable letter or statement by the claimant by way of explanation or contradiction.

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