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.

Online Defamation - is becoming increasingly common amongst industry competitor’s. Many organizations are using firms like Reputation Hawk to clean up and secure their search results before the unwanted publicity impacts their bottom line.

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