Weezula: law 101


Either way, here is a little law101 for those interested...

"In law, defamation (also called calumny, libel (for written words), slander (for spoken words), and vilification) is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image. It is usually, but not always,a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant).

An action for invasion of privacy is actually comprised of four distinct torts (legal wrongs). These are: intrusion upon seclusion; appropriation of name or likeness; publicity given to private life; and publicity placing the person in a false light. To sue successfully for invasion of privacy, a plaintiff only has to prove one of the four torts, not all of the four torts.

Publicity Placing the Person in a False Light:
One who gives publicity to a matter concerning another that places the other before the public in a false light is subject to liability for invasion of privacy, if the false light in which the other was placed would be highly offensive to a reasonable person. Examples include a newspaper publishing an innocent person's picture as part of a story about convicted felons or including reporting that someone was involved in a domestic dispute when, in fact, there was no such dispute. Publicly placing a person in a false light also includes falsely stating someone's views, such as saying that someone is a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Only the plaintiff holds the right to privacy. It is a personal right. Successful plaintiffs may recover damages for harm to their interest in privacy, mental/emotional distress, and special damages caused by the invasion of privacy."

Word to the wise....Craig & Neil are libel for their actions as is the blog/board/webpage that publishes their defamatory rubbish.

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