Monday, March 14, 2016

Netiquette Core Basics Of Defamation - Via Netiquette IQ

          My original response was to sue her for defamation of character but then I realized I had no character.

—Charles Barkley

In today's world of email and cyber communications, many email users are emboldened with using poor grammar, non-traditional formatting and using Internet information as their own. Additionally many users feel they can speak or say what they want about any netizen. 

This is not the case!

The body of the below blog is taken from my books, referenced below. This will provide the the reader with a basic definition of defamation.For a more thorough understanding, the books are readily available via Amazon.

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My original response was to sue her for defamation of character but then I realized I had no character.
—Charles Barkley 


Defamation is easier to do with email than through other mediums. If you quote someone from an email but only with select certain portions that change the meaning of what is said or distort the content, it can be a strong case for defamation. If you do not put the quote into context, and it besmirches their reputation, that can also be considered defamation. If someone does it to you, there are many potential avenues of attack and several ways it is actionable in court. Still, if you are worried about email privacy, put a disclaimer in your footer indicating that the email is considered private and is not for publication. It really is not necessary for the most part but is never a bad idea.
If an email is forwarded and part of it is changed or left out with a negative result or changed meaning, it is defamation.

For Example:

If the last sentence is removed, it will change the entire context of the quote.[JL1] 

When good Netiquette is practiced, defamation, bullying, libel, and slander will occur less frequently. Defamation of character is written or spoken injury to a person or organization’s reputation. Libel is the written act of defamation. Slander is the verbal act of defamation. Malice means intent to do harm.

What defamation is not

        Generally, a statement made about an indefinable group of people or organizations cannot be defamation. Take “lawyers are crooks,” for example; there is no name or clearly defined victim. However, “John Law Firm is a crooked practice” indisputably defines a victim. The definition of defamation is “the speaking of slanderous words of a person so as, de bona fama aliquid detrahere, to hurt his good fame.”
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