This guide will help you avoid problems with Libel

I am not a lawyer, but here are some good tips on staying away from trouble with libel laws as they can cost you fines and damages up to or beyond a million!


RULE ONE: If in doubt do not write it!
Here are some of the basic facts about libel:
Exposes a person to hatred, shame, disgrace, contempt or ridicule.
Injures a person’s reputation or causes the person to be shunned or avoided.
Injures the person in his or her occupation.
Lies about the person.

Examples might include accusing someone of having committed a crime, or of having a disease that might cause them to be shunned.

What is defamation? It is a public statement that lowers the standing of an individual or company in the eyes of others. Someone who thinks that their reputation has been damaged can bring a legal action against the statement’s author to seek an award for damages.


Libel is defamation in a permanent, recorded form and slander is defamation in an impermanent form, usually speech.

Online writers and publishers will mostly be concerned with libel, although postings on a message board may be categorized as slander.

Libel can cover products and trade names. Libel can be personal libel or trade libel, which is also known as "product disparagement." Product disparagement can include a product, service or entire company.


Libelous statements, whether against persons or products, are published statements that are false and damaging.

You agree by sending stories that you will not libel anyone or products or services. 


 

 

 

 

 

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