CNN.com has posted an interesting article on Internet law that questions whether the law can keep up with online technology. The article touches on Internet defamation on Twitter and the web, as well as the application of Internet law to virtual property. If you have been the victim of Internet defamation, contact one of our expert Internet defamation attorneys toll free at 866.936.7447.
The article discusses a recent Internet defamation lawsuit involving comments made by rocker Courtney Love on Twitter concerning Dawn Simorangkir, a clothing designer that had designed clothes for Love. Love and the designer had a disagreement over payment, and Love posted allegedly false comments about the designer’s association with drug dealing. Additionally, the article on internet law discusses another Twitter defamation lawsuit in which the resident of an apartment complex allegedly implied that her apartment contained mold and was sued by the complex’s owner.
Other online defamation and internet slander lawsuits are discussed as well. In 2008, an anonymous user of Blogger.com created a blog called “Skanks in NYC” that allegedly defamed Liskula Cohen, a Canadian model. Cohen sued for defamation and a New York Supreme Court judge ordered Google to reveal the blogger’s name, thus showing that, even on the Internet, no one is anonymous.
In short, the article recognizes the difficulty of applying traditional legal principles, such as defamation law, to the Internet. Despite the change in technology, the harms cased by Internet defamation are the same as the harms cased by defamation from the first printing press.
If you plan to sue for defamation of character occurring on the internet, you need to contact a qualified internet defamation attorney today.