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[Aug. 20th, 2001|08:41 pm]
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WHAT IS "DEFAMATION"?

Defamation, sometimes called "defamation of character", is spoken or written words that falsely and negatively reflect on a living person's reputation.

If a person or the news media says or writes something about you that is understood to lower your reputation, or that keeps people from associating with you, defamation has occurred. Slander and libel are two forms of defamation.

WHAT IS "SLANDER"?

Slander is a spoken defamation.

WHAT IS "LIBEL"?

Libel is a written defamation. Generally, radio and television broadcasts that are defamatory are considered to be libel, rather than slander.

CAN I SUE SOMEONE WHO SAYS OR WRITES SOMETHING DEFAMATORY ABOUT ME?

In order to prove defamation, you have to be able to prove that what was said or written about you was false. If the information is true, or if you consented to publication of the material, you will not have a case. However, you may bring an defamatory action if the comments are so reprehensible and false that they effect your reputation in the community or cast aspersions on you.

WHAT ABOUT INSULTS AND EPITHETS? ARE THEY DEFAMATORY?

Generally, no. Usually they are seen as outbursts of emotion, with no real substance, except to show intense dislike.

DON'T I HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY OPINION?

Yes, so long as your statement of opinion is just an opinion, not containing specific facts that can be proved untrue.

ARE THERE DEFENSES TO DEFAMATION?

Establishing the truth is the single most effective defense that can be offered. If the remark is truthful and it "hurts", is embarrassing, or subjects you to ridicule, there is little you can do. Unfortunately, unless the remark is false, you have no recourse.
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From: (Anonymous)
2001-08-21 01:03 pm (UTC)

Well this doesn't look good....

Isn't it convinient that anything that would be considered defamation has been removed? Talk about admitting fault.... Too bad there's already hard evidence available from *multiple* sources, and it's evidence that *is* solid enough to be proof. So in a nutshell, don't talk shit, and learn to cover your tracks better than you did. It just makes you look like a bigger moron than you already do.
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From: (Anonymous)
2001-08-21 01:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Well this doesn't look good....

Prove who I am, prove who I was talking about, prove that my statements are untrue. Besides, the statements were removed within 24 hours and replaced with public apology. Prove malicious intent. Prove the statements were removed in admittance of guilt rather than simple courtesy, or even random whim. Prove any sort of validity in these empty threats against me. Prove your IP wasn't logged. Prove your last comment wasn't even more directly libelous, not to mention threatening, justifying more admissible charges of my own. Oh, and you're one to talk about "talking shit" with the entry you posted last.
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