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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.

It is very difficult to describe the moment where you first realise that your business reputation is being tarnished all over the internet. This unforgettable moment normally follows by many sleepless nights, tiredness, frustration and of course money problems. And then you experience the unpleasant process where a few flames rapidly turn into massive balls of fire that burn and raze to the ground everything you ever worked for.

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Everyone has got their own soft spot. Depending on your profession, being called by a particular name in public, could cause you a lot of damage and harm your career. For a doctor, being commonly described as ‘negligent’, for a solicitor, being described as ‘incompetent’, for a builder, being described as ‘a cowboy’ or for a teacher, being described as ‘stupid’, would be regarded by any of these people as a personal attack on their reputation and integrity.

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