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Does Cyberharassment Exist? You Be The Judge.

February 26, 2012

Defamation [ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən]
n
1. (Law) Law the injuring of a person’s good name or reputation Compare libel, slander

Libel [ˈlaɪbəl]
n
1. (Law) Law

a.  the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.

b.  the act of publishing such matter

Slander [ˈslɑːndə]
n

1. (Law) Law

a.  defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc.

b.  a slanderous statement, etc.

2. any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny

vb

to utter or circulate slander (about)

(From: http://www.thefreedictionary.com)

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I have started this blog for some very personal reasons. Back in 2007 an “Anonymous” individual started a blog with several intentions: To defame, libel and slander my good name. It might sound like sour grapes but if you have ever been affected by defamatory, libelous and slanderous attacks by another individual to the level of it interfering with your professional life and family then you can understand my reasoning. And you also understand the deep pain it has caused you in emotional, physical and fiscal terms.

I have not started this blog to give “advice” on how to “deal” with your Internet Stalker. Many blogs out there over the past several years have given the same advice e.g. “Don’t respond to your stalker,” or one of my favorites: “Just ignore your stalker.” We are in a new Internet age of social networking and the laws of defamation, libel and slander have finally caught up with the likes of Internet giants Google and Facebook.

Just a few short years ago any coward could post defamatory and libelous words about you on the Internet without the fear of any legal repercussions. This has drastically changed. As of the publishing of this post most states have passed legislation against such actions. Prosecutions of these cowards began with an “anonymous” case out of Missouri, United States v. Lori Drew. This case was quickly dubbed the “MySpace” case in the media:

On May 15, 2008, Lori Drew was indicted in federal court in California for her alleged role in a hoax on MySpace directed at Megan Meier, a 13-year-old neighbor of Drew’s who committed suicide in October 2006 after a “boy” she met on MySpace abruptly turned on her and ended their relationship. The boy was allegedly Lori Drew, who pretended to be 16-year-old “Josh Evans” to gain the trust of Megan, who had been fighting with Drew’s daughter. The grand jury charged Drew with conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030.

If you have a story of your own regarding being defamed, libeled and/or slandered (or all of the above) please feel free to email me at ljm90212@gmail.com and I will post it up here. The point of this blog is to help make citizens aware of current law regarding defamation, libel and slander on the Internet and the legal recourse they can take against such crimes.

Below are some a few links regarding local, state and federal Internet-Stalking law. If you have any links that you think would be helpful simply shoot me an email.

God Bless,

Lawrence J. Moran, M.S.

Links:

Citizen Media Law Project

Cybercrime Criminal Codes by State

18 USC § 1030 – FRAUD AND RELATED ACTIVITY IN CONNECTION WITH COMPUTERS

United States v. Lori Drew

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  1. RaVae Edwards
    February 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Good Job! I love this blog and will follow it regularly. I suffered this sort of bullying just recently and it is horrific and the most terrifying feeling to know that people can be so mean, cruel and absolutely heartless in their posts. I love the fact that they won’t use their real names but they have no problem spreading your name all over through Facebook and emails to people you aren’t even acquainted with.
    Someday…it will catch up with them and I believe Karma will play a significant role in the catch up they will soon experience. I pray for it daily!

    • Lawrence J. Moran, M.S.
      February 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      RaVae,

      You know my stance on this issue and now that case law has finally caught up with these cowards we have real legal recourse.
      If you would like to put together a piece on cyberharassment/cyberbullying just shoot it to me via email: ljm90212@gmail.com and I will feature it. Not trying to make any money off of the blog, simply seeing if we can help spread the word that the law is finally on victim’s sides in these cases. – LjM

  2. February 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Any other comments on this case?

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