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Often referred to as libel or slander, defamation is perceived by many legal jurisdictions as a false or malicious statement or report. In civil law, it is viewed as a real crime; an offense often subject to penalties or further legal action.
In the case of cyber defamation, the line become a bit more blurred and defamatory content can be added by individuals on any number of websites that give users the opportunity to post user generated material. Each of these sites has a unique terms of service agreement and policy for handling the removal of user generated content. This makes the mitigation and removal of online defamation a complex process that needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
In many cases, your only option may be to commence litigation. To the extent that the website, webhost or ISP requires a court order before revealing an anonymous user’s identity or removing anything from the website, your task may become more challenging. Your likelihood of success in obtaining the subpoena, identifying the perpetrator and having the content removed will depend on several factors, including the jurisdiction that you’re filing the lawsuit in (and the burden that its laws place on you as the plaintiff), the context of the statement(s) at issue and your status (as a public or a private figure). Depending on the court that you are in, a determination may be made by the judge as to whether you have a valid case – before the court will even consider issuing a subpoena.
One important element to consider before commencing a lawsuit is your ability to prove your damages. In any complex litigation, this may be a daunting task. Establishing reputational damage in a defamation case will often require a good amount of evidence. Depending on the laws of your jurisdiction, if you can establish defamation per se, which includes injurious statements about another’s trade, business, or profession, damages are typically presumed.
If defamation is hurting your reputation, you don’t have time to waste. The longer you allow a defamatory statement, post or review to sit on the Web, the more harm it will cause you, your business and your personal brand.
In determining the answer to that question, there are several additional questions to consider. Has your business been affected by the content? Has there been any actual harm to your business that you can prove? Have you lost customers or received inquiries that likely stemmed from the negative content?
Depending on your answer, you may be able to convince the webhost/ISP/website to redact some or all the content, particularly if it violates any of the site’s Terms or is particularly objectionable.
Depending on the laws of your jurisdiction and the specific facts of your situation, there may also be potential claims that your counsel could threaten – and prosecute – against the individual, such as intentional interference with prospective business relations, tortious interference with contract, etc.
Internet defamation is a serious matter, and can have a severe impact on your career and your personal life.
We understand the damage defamation can cause for individuals and business, which is why we offer fast, effective and customized solutions to fix Internet defamation. So contact us if you are dealing with libel or slanderous material on the Internet and we can help you get it permanently deleted.
Whether someone copies and publishes a photograph that you took, a blog post that you wrote or completely mirrors your webpage and passes it off as their own, you have several legal rights. One of the most cost-efficient and expeditious options available to you arises under a federal law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”).
If you’ve found negative content posted about you online, chances are that you’re wondering if there’s a way to get the content removed. Fortunately, you have options. At Minc Law, we offer “guaranteed removal” for content posted to certain websites. In many cases, clients are able to save money with a guaranteed removal compared to traditional litigation.
Like most legal services, there are a variety of factors that go into the cost of a guaranteed removal, such as:
the number of negative posts that need to be removed,
the policies of the websites where the posts are located, and
whether the help of an attorney is needed.
Read on to learn about guaranteed removals, whether you qualify, how costs are determined, and ways to save on costs. Then, we’ll wrap things up with a breakdown of our pricing for guaranteed removals.
To put it simply, guaranteed removal is a form of content removal that is guaranteed – or you’ll receive a refund for the content not removed. We offer guaranteed removals for websites that we remove content from on a regular basis and it can be removed without the need for a defamation lawsuit or heavy attorney involvement. If you qualify for a guaranteed removal and we’re unable to remove the content, we’ll refund your money for any content not removed.
Since we’ve worked with certain websites in the past, we understand what their removal process looks like. After working with a site a few times, we’re usually able to simplify the removal process. We’re also able to identify red flags in advance that may reduce your chances of getting the content removed.
Often, guaranteed removals are handled by paralegals as opposed to attorneys. This is one of the biggest cost-saving factors in content removal. If an attorney’s assistance is needed to get negative online content removed, the cost of removal will certainly increase.
The good news is, you usually will not need to involve an attorney unless the website requires a court order for removal or you want to identify an anonymous poster. Additionally, working with an attorney may actually be more cost efficient in situations where you want to remove a high volume of negative and defamatory online content.
Most guaranteed removals can be completed without a court order. As with most rules, however, there are some exceptions.
A court order may be needed for guaranteed removal in the following situations:
If you need negative content removed from 10 or more sites or there is an excessive amount of posts
If someone is still posting negative content about you
If the website is being difficult or requires a court order (usually because of negative interactions with the victim or popularity of post)