Whether you are the victim of internet defamation or being wrongfully accused of online defamation, you need to understand the law. In order for a comment, post or article to constitute internet libel, the following elements must typically be met:
There is often confusion about the differences between defamation, libel, and slander. In many ways, courts treat defamation on the internet similar to off-line defamation. But there are differences which you need to understand when the false statements are made online.
Defamation: An unprivileged false statement of fact which tends to harm the reputation of a person or company. This is a catch-all term for both libel and slander.
Cyber Libel: Defamation which is written such as on a web site. Most online defamation occurs through libel by posting a web page, comment, bulletin board post, review, rating or blog post.
Slander: Defamation that is spoken such as through an transcribed video, podcast or audio file.
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