In Australia: Mind Your Ps and Qs | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | December 29th, 2010

PC World is always posting interesting pieces for those of us in the reputation management services industry. The latest contribution to that tradition is an article attempting to answer a question about online defamation on social networking sites.

In Australia, if you have a social networking account such as Facebook or Twitter, or if you use Internet message boards or forums, you are bound by this country’s laws when you post material or express yourself. This issue has become readily apparent with the recent ‘#twitdef’ case, which saw an Australian journalist threatened with a defamation lawsuit over her posts on Twitter.

The most important thing to remember, by far, is that your countries particular laws and what bind you. There is no international law concerning how online defamation is to be handled or prosecuted. The article further states that posting videos of illegal activity on social networks can also get you into trouble.

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Defending Against Anonymity | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | December 17th, 2010

This is probably one of the most interesting online defamation suits I have seen in recent weeks–a plastic surgeon suing former patients of his. The three defendents in the suit are all women and former patients of the good doctor’s. He claims that they left anonymous comments on a review site in which they unfairly maligned him or his work.

He has launched a lawsuit again Elaina Bender, Lisa Cuevas, and another unnamed woman for $100,000 each for allegedly calling him ‘dangerous,’ ‘ruthless’ and a ‘liar’ in their postings.

The three women wrote their comments anonymously on Yelp and Citysearch, two online review websites, but their identities were revealed when Dr Pensler’s lawyers subpoenaed the companies for the information.

I would not guess as to whether Dr. Pensler will win or lose his lawsuit, but I certainly sympathize with his situation. The anonymous postings have undoubtedly caused him to lose many clients that he might otherwise have gotten.

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