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I Can’t Afford A Lawsuit. (Not So Fast! Maybe You Can.)

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I can’t afford a lawyer!Maybe you can – with a little help from your “Internet friends.”Take Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, for example. A Singaporean blogger, Ling landed on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s naughty-list for accusing the big wig of “criminal misappropriation of public funds” and is now facing a defamation lawsuit.So, where does a cash-strapped blogger turn when staring down the barrel of a very high profile online defamation lawsuit? Why, to the Internet, of course! Specifically, to the nearest crowdfunding platform.And it worked! Over 100 people contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Ling’s legal campaign – because who can resist lending a few bucks to a keyboard critic being bullied by the most powerful politician in his country!?
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Activist Blogger Sued For Defamation By Big Wig

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Blogger Sued For Defamation Over Huffington Post Article Mike Stark, a progressive blogger and activist, doesn’t think much of Robert Murray, of the Murray Energy Corporation. This past September, Stark wrote a Huffington Post article about Murray. Let’s just say it wasn’t what you’d call flattering. After publication, the usual partisan battle ensued between the two would-be pundits: Greedy Billionaire Fascist! Intolerable Hypocritical Socialist! Yada, yada, yada…then, a libel lawsuit. Murray decided to sue Stark. Paraphrase: “Call Me An Extremist, And I’ll Sue Your Blogging Butt For Defamation” In the claim, Murray outlined his gripes with Mike Stark’s article. The outspoken businessman took particular umbrage with the use of the word “extremist,” insisting that Huffington Post readers would interpret the label as an “assertion of fact, not opinion.” Enter The ACLU, Sometimes Defender Of Sued Bloggers Upon hearing of the ...
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The Question Of Defamation Negligence

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Blogger Crystal Cox has been battling a serious online defamation lawsuit for over a year. In short, her case involves derogatory statements about Obsidian Finance and one of the company’s executives, Kevin Padrick, whom she called “a theif and a thug” on her blog. After losing at trial, Cox was ordered to pay millions. She is now appealing the case and some heavy weight legal minds are helping. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Cox, and Eugene Volokh, a UCLA professor, is now serving as Cox’s attorney and appealing her case to the 9th Circuit Court. Her appeal, it appears, centers around the concept of defamation negligence. In the original case, Judge Marco Hernandez dismissed several of the charges argued in the claim. The legal definition of defamation is very specific, ...
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Blog Poster Says Her Comment Was A Question, Not A Statement Of Fact In Online Defamation Lawsuit

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A few days ago, we blogged about a defamation lawsuit going down in Idaho. To recap: Linda Cook, a citizen commentator on The Spokesman-Review’s website, was sued for defamation by Linda Jacobson, the former chairwoman of the local GOP chapter. Jacobson was upset over Cook’s insinuation of theft. Specifically, according to Oregon Live, Cook typed, “Is that the missing $10,000 from Kootenai County Central Committee funds actually stuffed inside Tina’s blouse???” But now Cook, who is representing herself pro se in court, says that she was not making an accusation in her post, but instead simply asking a question about the group’s accounting procedures. And she may have a point, since Cook, technically, did ask a question. Will a judge agree with the plaintiff and rule that Cook “offended and embarrassed” Jacobson to the point of harm? Well, it very ...
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Mother Pens Cyberbullying Memoir

Cyberbullying is most often associated with children. But many adults also suffer online harassment. Lesli Catsouras, 46, is one such adult, and she’s sharing her harrowing story in a new memoir entitled, “Forever Exposed.” A deeply personal tale, Catsouras’ book is about the cyberbullying she and her family experienced after her 18 year old daughter was killed in a car crash. It all started on Halloween afternoon of 2006. After having lunch with her parents, Nikki grabbed the keys to her father’s porche, the one she was not supposed to drive, and escaped out the garage. Panicked, Nikki’s mother immediately called her father, who tried to warn the police, but it was too late. Nikki lost her life after crashing into an unmanned toll booth. As you can imagine, it was an incredibly difficult time for the Catsouras family. All ...
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A Freelance Writers Guide To Content Scraping: What To Do If You Get Hit

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Anyone in the online marketing biz has heard the phrase a million times: content is king! And it’s true. Internet advertisers are constantly looking for ways to increase the amount of quality content on their websites. That’s where “content scraping” comes in. It’s a common practice that marketers just accept as part of doing business – but for freelance writers, the practice is a little more damaging to the bottom line. The main legal question: Is content scraping legal or illegal? What Is Content Scraping? And as we all know, when there is a demand, innovative individuals figure out ways to fill it. In the case of Web content, many have turned to software that scours the Net and collects relevant content, thus allowing the individual who is using the software to post others’ content on their Web properties. This ...
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The Legalities Of Teacher Blogging: Munroe v. Central Bucks School District

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Teacher blogging is becoming more popular, but is it legally dangerous for educators to indulge in the act? Part of our societal contract is to provide a public education system. And in said system, we tend to favor affable teachers who understand — and enjoy working with — young people. As such, where does our allegiance land when a public educator maintains a semi-anonymous blog, wherein they disparage students, parents and school administrators? Does free speech win out over the arguable well-being of the targeted students? Natalie Munroe, an eleventh grade English teacher in Pennsylvania, found out her community’s answer to that conundrum last month. She was fired. But Munroe is fighting back in the form of a $5,000,000 federal lawsuit which essentially asks: Is free speech more important than a student’s right to a positive, unbiased and encouraging teacher? ...
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Carreon v. Inman Showdown: A Cautionary Tale of 21st Century Lawyering and Marketing

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Matthew Inman of “The Oatmeal” was embroiled in an epic legal battle with lawyer Charles Carreon and Carreon’s client, FunnyJunk.com. Thanks to a little “WTF!? Litigation,” Carreon v. Inman engaged netizens across the globe. For Internet law enthusiasts, the case was front-row-seat material. So much more than just an online copyright tussle, the FunnyJunk v. Oatmeal legal battle served as a cautionary tale about lawyering and marketing in the Internet age; it highlights the philosophical gap between old-fashioned lawyering and the fluid nature of today’s online marketplace; and perhaps most intriguingly, Carreon v. Inman is a lawsuit that makes tests whether or not the old marketing adage of “any publicity is good publicity” still holds true today. “I’m not one to combat piracy,” Matthew Inman explained in a statement to Comic Riffs, “if you want to post my comics on your ...
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Jan Brewer’s Veto Pen: Which Way Will It Wag On Arizona House Bill 2549?

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Today, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed Arizona House Bill 2729 — a piece of legislation concerning firearm freedoms. Being an Internet law firm, though, we’re more curious to see if Gov. Brewer will use the same veto power on Arizona House Bill 2549. A few weeks ago, the Arizona Legislature angered First Amendment advocates and freedom-loving netizens. Copper State officials poked the “hive mind” by passing Arizona House Bill 2549 – an Act intended to thwart cyberbullying and stalking, has instead caused consternation in free speech circles. Arizona House Bill 2549 Basics When you divorce Arizona’s new Internet law from legal analysis, its administrative purpose is to update section 13-2916 of the Arizona Revised Statutes – the state’s long-standing telephone harassment law. A one-and-a-half-paged piece of legislation, all 2549 does is redact the words “telephone” from the statute and replaces ...
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Crystal Cox Defamation Lawsuit: Blogger Denied Journalistic Protection And Rights

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A judge presiding over the well-publicized Oregon defamation lawsuit involving Crystal Cox recently ruled against the self-styled, self-published investigative blogger. Cox was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages and the decision has stirred online First Amendment crusaders. The Crystal Cox Defamation Lawsuit Background A self-described investigative blogger and whistle blower, Crystal Cox is a real estate agent by day and Internet vigilante by night. Among her cadre of websites was obsidianfinancialsucks.com, an outlet Ms. Cox used to accuse Kevin Padrick — one of Obsidian’s founding executives — of fraud, misappropriation of funds, lie telling, and a litany of other unscrupulous actions. Cox even insinuated Padrick may have hired an assassin to silence her. As a result of her online accusations, Mr. Padrick decided to sue for defamation. He maintained his company lost considerable business thanks to Ms. Cox’s allegedly ...
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