Questions tagged [defamation]

Tortious damage to a reputation. When the defamation is specifically written use "libel"; use "slander" when it is specifically spoken.

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Can I use real life brand names in a computer game?

I'm working on a computer game, where the player will be controlling a fictional country in the 1950s. I want to make it possible for the player to purchase products with real life brand names. For ...
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Can you libel the dead?

Imagine a situation where Mr. A knows that Mr. Z did something bad. Let's say Mr. Z robbed a bank. However, Mr. A is afraid to say anything, because he doesn't have proof that Mr. Z robbed a bank - ...
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Can fiction “fail” to be defamatory if it is “less bad” than the actual facts?

In the year 2000, Fox TV produced a rather embarrassing show called "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire." Insiders know who did what within the show, but suppose someone produced a fictionalized ...
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Can anyone prevail against government law enforcement agencies for defamatory press releases?

The following problem is becoming notorious (among first search results: "online guilty before proven innocent"): Police arrest or charge citizen for a crime. Police issue press release about the ...
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How is “defamation” defined?

I have a recollection that late in the 20th century in the United States, A called B a "bastard." B sued A for defamation. The court ruled in favor of the defendant. Its first observation was that (...
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Does adding a non-committal verb bypass defamation/libel?

So I went to CNN's website today at 6:40est today and saw a headline "Google fires male engineer for reportedly saying Women shouldn't work in the tech industry" Mind you it was just a headline and ...
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Can Social Media Reviews Be Considered Defamation?

I live in an apartment building. I found an advertisement flyer on my car and I was annoyed. Inside the entrance of the building there is a "No Solicitation" sign. I'm not sure about the legality of ...
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How does the statute of limitations on defamation work?

My understanding is that defamation has a very short window for a lawsuit, like one year. So suppose a libelous statement was published in a widely circulated journal, call it the New York Times, and ...
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Is lying about a candidate protected speech in the United States?

Per Wikipedia: False statements that are on matters of public concern and that defame public figures are unprotected if either the speaker has knowledge that his statements are false, there is ...
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Is it true that a suit of defamation could require “very little effort”?

A recent comment at SE Meta stated: my reading of US law is that under certain circumstances, the plaintiff need make very little effort to successfully bring a suit of defamation. This strikes me ...
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Could a president sue a person for defamation during their time in office?

In this hypothetical (unless it's happened in the past), a prominent citizen or news agency makes statements about the president, or his decisions or policies, that are knowingly inaccurate or false ...
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Defamation vs Works for Hire II

I asked a question at here that drew an unexpected, though helpful, answer. In order to understand the big picture, I want to ask a similar question, with a twist. Suppose I hire someone to draw a ...
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Is truth a defense against defamation laws in Indonesia?

If so how? I read 310 KUHP laws in Indonesia and it says that public interest is a defense. It doesn't list truth as defense. Some says that if we have evidences, that is defense. What kind of ...
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Can I be sued for warning of a potential crowdfunding scam?

Note: I don't seem to find any pertinent tags (such as "crowdfunding" so bear with me if the tabs are not correct) I recently got of (potential) scam from a (successfully funded) campaign on Indieogo ...
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Defamation vs Works for Hire

Suppose I create a very unflattering portrait of a celebrity and publish it in a book marketed as a scathing attack on corruption. If the picture crosses the line, I could be sued for defamation. But ...
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Can a part time lecturer in a public university be still a public figure?

Is a part-time lecturer of a public university (without quarterly renewed and without any benefits) still a "limited public figure"?