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defamation

[def′əmā′shən]
Etymology: L, diffamare, to discredit
any communication, written or spoken, that is untrue and that injures the good name or reputation of another or that in any way brings that person into disrepute.

defamation

(dĕf″ă-mā′shŭn)
In law, an act of communication that is a quasi-intentional tort (civil wrong) that occurs when one person communicates false information to another person that injures or harms a third person who, as a result, is shamed, held in contempt, ridiculed, loses status or reputation in the community, or experiences loss of employment or of earnings. Oral defamation is slander. Written defamation is libel.

defamation (def´əmā´shən),

n the act of detracting from the reputation of another. The offense of injuring a person's reputation by false and malicious statements.
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The High Court's most recent restatement of the law regarding the scope of defamatory meaning is found in the 2009 case of Radio 2UE Sydney v Chesterton, in which the Court held that the 'general test for defamation' is 'whether a person is lowered in the eyes of right-thinking persons'.
Despite the significant barriers to obtaining removal of online comments, companies need not heed Dante's familiar warning--"Abandon hope all ye who enter here"--when faced with negative and defamatory online reviews.
2002), for the proposition that republication of a defamatory statement may retrigger the statute of limitations if the republication actually reaches a new audience, but that mere addition of unrelated information to a website "cannot be equated with the repetition of a defamatory matter in a separately published edition of a book or news paper.
Apart from that, defamatory charges and actions for misuse of private information have also been initiated against offender in the cyber world.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has already filed the first defamatory case against Dr.
The second suspect also printed a defamatory book insulting "the Mother of the Believers" Aisha with the consent of the library's owner who was also arrested.
Meanwhile, the m dmi Party ( P), which has already reportedly fallen prey to spurious activity on social media, has approached Facebook and Twitter against fake pages created in the party's name that host content bordering on the defamatory.
Indicating that the government has to back up its argument with concrete evidence and documents, Ecakyr said that the Hizmet movement, which is made of volunteers serving their nation without any financial expectations, doesn't deserve such harsh, defamatory statements.
Kinney in turn sued Barnes after he wrote about the case on a legal news blog and an employment search website - both of which he owns - alleging that Barnes' statements were false and defamatory and asked the court to order them removed.
The Article concludes that although courts should be cautious when granting injunctions, a limited form of injunctive relief would be constitutional and consistent with equitable principles if it were limited solely to false statements on matters of private concern that a court has found--after full adjudication--are defamatory.
Hoffman used the illegally-acquired data to publish a defamatory book about Kate.
that the words, pictures or sounds of said broadcasts or postings were libelous or defamatory.