Officer Bubbles or Officer Josephs? | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | October 19th, 2010

One does not usually think of bubbles as being in any way intrusive or assaulting, but Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs found them to be sufficient cause to arrest a young protester back during the G20 Summit. He came to be dubbed “Officer Bubbles”, a moniker which he apparently does not appreciate very much–he filed an online defamation suit against YouTube based upon a cartoon that was posted in response to this video.

But the lawsuit was not filed in response to the original video, but rather to a cartoon that was later uploaded in which a policeman wearing a name badge “A. Josephs” is shown arresting Santa Claus and U.S. President Barack Obama among others, and punching a photographer in the face.

The anonymity guaranteed to online commenters can be abused, and this is proof of that, regardless of what one thinks about the particular police officer or cartoon involved. Despite people’s ignorance on the issue, defamation laws do indeed apply to the digital world. While the officer is unlikely to win his lawsuit, this nonetheless proves how online defamation can effect a person’s world and reputation.

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Changing the Dynamic for Online Defamation | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | October 1st, 2010

An appellate court has ruled on an online defamation suit in New Jersey and, in an odd twist, has basically stated that there need be no proof of damages for the suit to proceed. Basically, the court ruled in the case that damages can be proven later in the online defamation suit–a step that most experts say does not follow the pattern of law in other cases.

The case is W.J.A. v. D.A. (A-0762-09), and it concerns an uncle, W.J.A., who claims to have been wrongly accused of molesting his nephew, D.A., in online postings. W.J.A. claims to have been defamed and is seeking damages–but he has not yet been able to prove what damages he suffered. Despite that, the judge has allowed the case to move on.

This could have a major bearing on google reputation management, as it could make litigation much easier than the traditional way of fixing these problems, online reputation management.

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