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Beware of Defamation, Cyberbullying on ‘Anonymous’ Mobile Apps such as Whisper and Secret

Whether it is on Twitter, Facebook, a blog or another place online, countless people use the internet as their personal outlet to vent. But sometimes, you might have the urge to get something off your chest, but you do not want your name attached. Thanks to mobile apps such as...

The Deletion of Data is Often Key Evidence in Proving Facts of a Case

We don’t want to pretend to know what happened with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Yet, it is hard to ignore the latest evidence in the bizarre March 8 disappearance of the airplane. Various media outlets reported Wednesday morning that investigators discovered data had been deleted from the in-home flight simulator...

Combating the Sale of Counterfeit Goods Online: Don’t Let Someone Get Away With Selling Knockoffs of Your Products

Trademark counterfeiting, in general, refers to the placement of a trademark on a product that is not the legitimate product offered by the trademark owner. Meanwhile, the Lanham Act (the U.S. federal trademark statute) defines a counterfeit as “a spurious mark that is identical with, or substantially indistinguishable from a registered...

Judge Orders Philadelphia Media Company to Disclose Identity of Anonymous Commenter

For several years now, news outlets have grappled with how to civilize the comments sections on their online articles. Some have chosen the path of requiring users to sign in through their Facebook accounts. Others still permit readers to comment anonymously on their websites. (Editor’s note: 21 months after publishing this...

Internet Defamation Removal and the Known Defamer: How Knowing the Identity of a Defamer Changes the Court Order Technique

Online defamation can significantly harm the reputation of a business or individual, especially when it ranks highly in search engine results. In general, accuracy is irrelevant to search engines.  Search results are typically organized by relevancy and not quality. Thus, false information can spread just as easily, and rank as highly as (or...

Defamation and ‘TheDirty’: Why You Don’t Want to Sue TheDirty.com

Nik Richie, founder and editor of controversial “reality” blog TheDirty.com, does not hide what his website is all about. Scroll down to the very bottom of the gossip website and you will find a note that its content is comprised of “rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions, and”–lastly–“factual information.” The website even...