Online defamation can come in different forms. A statement can be made that seriously damages the reputation of a person or business, or someone could use a copyrighted product without permission or payment. In the world of online marketing, an individual or small business may never know when online defamation will target them – or when an unfounded accusation is leveled at them.
Dealing With Libel
“Libel” refers to a defamatory statement made in writing or print (as opposed to slander, which is made in spoken word). It could be through printed physical material, an online piece of writing, and even in a picture, piece of film, or audio recording. Some things you need to know include:
- Libel is an objective fact, not whatever someone thinks is damaging. Not every mistake in print counts as libel
- It doesn’t have to be proven that libelous statements were made maliciously
- A statement that can be proved to be true is not defamatory
If you believe that you have been the victim of libel, or if someone has accused you of this act, call paralegal expert Wendy Thomsen. She will help you make sense of the issue and guide you towards proper action.
Plagiarism isn’t just a school problem; in fact, it is much more important – and much more damaging – in the world of business. Plagiarism occurs when a person uses another person’s work, words or ideas without giving credit to the author or owner of the work. While many issues can be seen as ethical, plagiarism can form the basis of a claim for copyright infringement.
If you have been accused of plagiarism as the basis of a copyright infringement case, or think that you have a case against someone, Thomsen Paralegal Services can offer cost-effective legal representation for you.