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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”).