Internet defamation lawyers are dealing with a growing problem
An increase in internet use is inevitably leading to increasing cases of internet defamation. With so much being written online all the time, defamatory comments can cause serious damage to the reputation of businesses of individuals, in particular those at the top of search results.
Which is why it is no surprise that internet libel litigation is a rapidly-growing industry. Our leading internet defamation lawyers here at Pinder Reaux act fast on the behalf of the affected party to remove the defamatory content from the website. In most cases, we aim to do this without the need to file any legal proceedings.
Inevitably, there are some cases where it is necessary to go to court, but we try to avoid this by our internet defamation lawyers dealing directly with the source of the defamatory content on behalf of our clients. We respect the wishes of our clients if they desire to relinquish any claims for damages once the offensive material is removed.
Internet defamation lawyers help the victims put legal pressure on the content author
The first stage will be the internet defamation lawyers presenting the author of the defamatory content with a letter. In the case of the author being abroad, not worth suing, or unidentifiable, internet defamation lawyers will then make contact with the website host or publisher and apply legal pressure on them for liability for internet defamation in certain circumstances under UK law.
UK law means that internet defamation lawyers can hold internet operators as liable
Although UK Law regarding internet defamation is complicated, it means that secondary publishers who share the defamatory content publically can be held liable, as well as just the original authors or editors. This is something that internet operators and hosts should take seriously.
Exceptions can be made if internet defamation lawyers find that you were not aware of the defamatory content and you removed it as soon as you found out about it. In most cases, this is avoided by hosting sites editing and vetting all content before posting it, however this increases their legal responsibility under UK law if defamatory content is posted, leaving them liable for the content occurring on the website.
When contacted by an internet defamation lawyer, website operators should simply remove the content immediately or they will face allegations of internet libel. Delaying or attempting to edit the material substantially increases the risk of being held legally liable for the content.
How internet defamation lawyers distinguish between internet libel and slander
Libel is a written form of defamation. Therefore, defamatory comments in emails or on websites are forms of internet libel. Slander is simply defamation in a verbal form, for example a defamatory online audio recording.
If you need help with a defamation claim or are a website operator seeking legal advice on how to prevent defamation issues, call Pinder Reaux’s experienced team of internet defamation lawyers free on 020 8252 7373