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A High Court Master recently granted an order compelling Facebook INC, based in Palo Alto California, in the United States of America to disclose all material relating to the identities of 7 offending trolls who harassed and abused Ms. Brookes online, via the Facebook Social Networking Site, over a period in excess of 9 months.

This decision of the High Court to grant such a disclosure order in a case concerning internet trolling is ground breaking.

Much has been made in the press this about the new proposals in the Defamation Bill and the fact that ISP’s, under new government proposals, will be required to provide victims with the identity of offenders who post abusive and defamatory online messages about them. This in itself is not technically true.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (known in less of a mouthful as ICANN) has announced the expansion of domain names that will be available for websites to purchase. On the face of it this sounds great, it means the expansion of the internet, the growth of e-commerce and frankly some of the domain names are quite humorous (.and being an example).

However, there is an underlying issue here that could seriously affect online defamation, this being the use of domain names such as .sucks.

As a specialist internet defamation solicitors firm and together with legal PR consultancy firm, Byfield Consultancy, we made the decision to team-up to support the first private prosecution brought by an individual (Nicola Brookes) against internet trolls.

As many of you know Wednesday 18 April 2012 was National Stalking Day.

A high Court Judge in London has ordered Google Inc. to disclose to a UK victim of internet defamation data and personal details which it holds in relation to a user who utilised Google’s Blogger to exclusively spread defamation against a UK based businessman.

On Monday 23 January 2012, Google was told by a High Court Judge to have information, which includes the blog owner’s user name, email address and IP address disclosed to Pinder Reaux, lawyers acting for the claimant.
The internet is a world of extremes, success and failures could literally happen overnight.

The speed by which, you can have web pages listed on first pages of Google could bring immediate and substantial amount of money to your business, literally overnight. The same speed however that leads to this immediate success could cause complete devastation to business owners who find that their reputation has been tarnished almost overnight.

INTERNET giant Google has lost a landmark legal battle that is expected to open the floodgates to online litigation against anonymous online commentators.

Someone somewhere, right now has access to information about you or your business. Try searching for your name on Google. What have you found? I’m fairly certain that within the first 50 results; there was a reference to you or your business, unless you are one of the few individuals who have seemingly fallen through the net.


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