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Subpoenas, Court Orders and the ‘Cable Privacy Act’: Identifying Anonymous Online Posters

We have written about subpoenaing internet service providers (ISPs) for identifying information relating to internet protocol (IP) addresses used by their subscribers.  In that post, we mentioned that securing identifying information from cable operator ISPs generally requires obtaining a court order authorizing disclosure of the subscriber information. To briefly illustrate,...

Utilizing IP Addresses to Subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

The majority of online defamation is posted anonymously or pseudonymously. Thus, many cases require issuing subpoenas—including to internet service providers (ISPs)—to identify the unknown posters. This process often involves obtaining internet protocol (IP) addresses from an entity, in response to an initial subpoena; determining the ISPs that own the respective IP addresses...

How to Remove a Defamatory Instagram Post

Although visual in nature, people are not immune from defamation on the popular photo-sharing app Instagram.  In fact, in 2014 – merits of the respective claims aside – rappers 50 Cent and The Game were each sued in unrelated matters for allegedly tarnishing others’ reputations through Instagram posts.  Instagram – the...

Subpoenas, Forensic Exams and Cyber Investigation: How to Identify Anonymous or Unknown Internet Posters

It is no secret that people are more comfortable publishing harmful statements on the internet when their identities are unknown.  As such, the sources of internet defamation and other online reputation attacks typically publish damaging content anonymously or pseudonymously.  Therefore, pursuing an attacker in an internet defamation case often involves...

White Paper (PDF): Subpoena Guide for Identifying Anonymous Internet Posters

Online reputation attacks have become one of the easiest and most impactful ways for persons to damage businesses and individuals.  These attacks, such as defamatory online reviews, can originate from many sources and on various platforms.  Such internet attacks are frequently carried out anonymously, through the use of pseudonyms or other...

How to Deal with Potential #Defamation on Twitter

In January, a jury ruled in favor of Courtney Love in a libel case concerning a tweet, brought by Love’s former attorney. This was believed to be the first U.S. trial concerning potential defamation on Twitter. While the plaintiff in the so-called “Twibel” case did not collect damages, and we...

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...