Today’s program is brought to you by Traverse Legal, a law firm specializing in Internet law, domain disputes, and technology company representation. Welcome to Intenet Defamation Law Radio. Now here’s your host, Attorney Enrico Schaefer.
Today we’re talking about online defamation, slander, and libel on the Internet. It’s a big problem. There are a lot of web sites and a lot of blogging tools and a lot of forums and a lot of comment sections and any number of different ways to host a web site or use someone else’s platform to host your particular content.
Internet lawyers see it all the time, and sometimes there’s a possible resolution to the problem and sometimes there’s not a good practical solution to the problem. Sometimes you can identify the person who’s defamed you, the person who runs the blog, the person who posted the comment online. Sometimes you can’t. It’s a big problem, and it probably is not going away anytime soon. It probably will be around for the duration. We will have to learn to deal with it. We will have to learn to live with it. There are states that are passing internet defamation laws to help curb some, what many would say, inappropriate content. In the meantime, you need to make sure your online reputation is protected, to have that domain name transferred to your control. You’re going to have to make sure that any untruthful, false, and malicious content that’s posted about you can be dealt with because your next job, your future in-laws, your neighbors, your friends, people who think they might want to be your friend, people who are most definitely not your friend, guess what, all these people go to Google and punch your name in to see what comes back.
Tomorrow we’ll be exploring what to do about online defamation, how to take third party content down, how to have the host assist you in removing content, how to use threat letters against the people who have defamed you online to get them to remove the content and cease and desist any further defamatory activity. We’ll get into the solution part of this conversation tomorrow.
For today, that’s all. This has been Traverse Legal Radio and your host, Internet Attorney Enrico Schaefer. We’ll see you next time.
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