I was perusing Techdirt, as I often do, and read a story I simply couldn’t ignore about a Canadian politician who was removed from assembly for something that she simply did not do. Gerry Rogers, a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly, was removed from Assembly when it was learned that she was part of a Facebook group targeting Premier Kathy Dunderdale called “Kathy Dunderdale must GO!!!”. The group page evidently contained death threats regarding Dunderdale. Rogers denied joining this group, saying that she was added to the group without her knowledge.
Posts from the ‘Defamation’ Category
It is inevitable in the lifespan of any company, it will receive bad reviews online. While the source of those negative reviews can be from competitors or trolls, most often those reviews come from legitimate customers with gripes. Casey Movers did numerous other businesses a favor and offered a lesson on what happens when you address a legitimate online review that is negative the wrong way.
What is Internet law?
I get that question a lot. When you think of it, the Internet and the law the governs has pervaded society over the last ten years and its expansion and this integration will continue. This will be especially true for businesses – hence the name for this blog. Below the jump are some examples of common trends and issues:
Often times companies and individuals do not realize the immense problems caused by Internet defamation until it’s too late. Whether anonymous or not, these types of posts can equate to your defamer buying billboard space or television advertising space and filling the air time with dangerous lies. When I field calls from potential clients and clients alike, I am always asked what the road map is to alleviating the issue. Here are some basic tips that may be applicable to your situation:
Off of last week’s popular blog post about The Oatmeal v. Funny Junk/Charles Carreon saga, things have devolved even further. In fact, there is even a Wikipedia page describing the mosh pit of demand letters, threats, and lawsuits. We have references to Nazis, suits against the Attorney General, and well known figures entering the fray.
Sometimes stating the obvious is necessary – like in the photo attached to this post (which I took while traveling in Australia this past winter). People ask why in society we need disclaimers preventing behavior that would seem obvious and unnecessary to 99.999999% of the population. The next time someone complains about unnecessary disclaimers to me, I will point them to this post about the online and now legal saga between FunnyJunk.com (Funny Junk) , TheOatmeal.com (The Oatmeal), and attorney Charles Carreon (who, according to Arstechnica.com, is a self-proclaimed “counsel to the good and the good looking“). I guess homely evil-doers need not apply. Yes, I’m talking to you Kim Jong-un.
To many, lawyers have a sketchy reputation. Just recently, we’ve had lawyers as prostitutes [insert lawyer joke here], lawyers planting drugs on an elementary school volunteer, and possibly even as murderers. Now we have lawyers suing charities. Wonderful.
How did we get to a lawyer suing charities including the American Cancer Society (especially one with a storied and successful career)? Read more below.
Take one self-promoting pseudo-celebrity (Julia Allison), a heavy handed attorney who happens to be her father (Peter Baugher), vocal internet critics, mix them all together and what do you get?
A you-know-what storm erupts.
Not necessarily on-point for this blog, but fascinating nonetheless.
Who doesn’t know The Donald?