09.20.2012 03:51 PM

Quote approval

The New York Times is preoccupied with the practice from another angle.  Me, I do it for all of my books – and always in situations where I think there is a possible libel action lurking in the wings.  Quote approval isn’t the defence of consent, per se, but it’s been legally useful to me more than once: due diligence, responsible communication defence and all that.

That’s what I did, in fact, in this case involving me and the CBC, which went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada – and which we won.

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