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What is Anti-SLAPP?   Anti-SLAPP laws were created to stop or dismiss SLAPP lawsuits and allow the defendant the possibility of getting their legal fees reimbursed. Anti-SLAPP laws even offer possible punitive damages for the party that filed the lawsuit. Oftentimes, people use Anti-SLAPP statutes to get frivolous defamation lawsuits dismissed.   What are SLAPP lawsuits?   SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation”. The term was first introduced by two law professors in the 1980’s who noticed an increase in lawsuits that were used to intimidate or censor critics from speaking out against opponents publicly by making them pay attorney’s fees to defend themselves.  SLAPP lawsuits were increasingly discouraging people from exercising their First Amendment rights. Thus, Anti-SLAPP laws…
Has someone posted false damaging content about you or your law firm online? Do you have issues with fake defamatory reviews on Yelp! or Google? Our Firm knows exactly how to help lawyers who are defamed online. In fact, we have had firsthand experience with this issue and know exactly how you feel – and how to make the defamation stop. But there are a few steps in the process of evaluating your potential defamation case. The first step is determining whether the information posted online about you as a lawyer qualifies as defamation. You can read more about the requirements for defamation here.  Next, once we determine that the information qualifies as defamation, we consider whether it also qualifies as defamation per se. Most commonly this is a statement…
Thinking of starting an online business or launching your own brand as an influencer? Before you dive into the deep end, make sure you are setting yourself up for success in the world of e-commerce. Below, E-Commerce Attorney Raees Mohamed explains the Top-Five things every e-commerce entrepreneur needs to know.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Internet / Corporate Attorneys (@rmwarnerlaw) Create Proper Terms of Service and Privacy Policies   You can’t copy the Terms of Service or other policies from another site. That’s called copyright infringement. You need your own terms and policies drafted that are specific to your…
A detailed timeline of the long and complicated battle Britney Spears is facing in replacing her father as Conservator of her person and her estate. To learn more, check out our blog… #FreeBritney: Britney Spears Conservatorship Legal Battle Explained By An Influencer Attorney   The post Timeline of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle first appeared on RM Warner Law | Online, Marketing, Internet Business Law Firm.…
Someone is defaming, harassing, or extorting you online, or perhaps infringing your copyrighted content online – but you don’t know who! How do you sue someone if you don’t even know who they are? Is it worth it? Can you uncover the identity of the anonymous poster?   Can You Sue An Anonymous Blogger, Website, or user?  Yes, you absolutely can. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may have the option to file a John Doe defamation lawsuit.   John Doe Lawsuit Definition   What is a John Doe Lawsuit? Defining a John Doe Lawsuit… (keywords)  When you take legal action against an unknown party, it is referred to as a “John Doe” Lawsuit or an unknown defendant lawsuit. These types of lawsuits usually occur when a plaintiff is legally “wronged” in one way or the other by…
Recently, many people have been turning to apps like “OnlyFans” to make a second income – or may even use them as their only source of income. “OnlyFans” is an app where users can pay to view exclusive “content” – mostly on the explicit side. With so many users uploading private photos of themselves – for a price – what happens when one of your “fans” leaks your nude photos without your permission? Can you sue? Intellectual Property Rights on “OnlyFans” According to the “OnlyFans” Terms of Service, “You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display,…
Rap Superstar Cardi B is going to trial… over a tattoo. Yes, you heard it right, and we doubt she “likes it like that”. Cardi B is headed to court for photoshopping a man’s tattoo on the cover for her mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1.”. The tattoo in question belongs to a man named Kevin Brophy Jr. who alleges that Cardi B misappropriated his likeness in a “a misleading, offensive, humiliating and provocatively sexual way” in an effort to launch her career, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Invasion of Privacy The lawsuit also includes a false light claim…
Dr. Dre and his wife of over 24 years are divorcing and it has been nothing shy of the public eye. It seems like every month there is a new update that shows the battle getting messier and messier. Most recently, it has been reported that Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has requested ownership of the producer and musician’s well-known trademarked name, Dr. Dre as well as the trademark for his hit album, “The Chronic”.   According to court documents, Dr. Dre’s legal team is asking the court to shut down Nicole’s lawsuit over the trademarks, but does she actually have any legal grounds?   Prenup Problems: “Forgot About Dre”  Nicole and Dre were married four years…
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is a statue that essentially grants immunity from liability to websites, social media platforms, and search engines for what users post. This law was created back in 1996, before platforms like Facebook and Twitter became as influential on how we consume information as they are today. It’s no secret that misinformation and defamatory content are huge issues online.  Now, the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are looking to reform the law in order to promote transparency and open discourse and address illicit activity online. You could probably guess that tech CEOs…
Congrats! A video of you just went viral! But is this always a good thing? Sure, if that was your intention. But videos or social media posts can spread like wildfire for all the wrong reasons. You also may not be able to control the narrative associated with going viral. So, what can you do if you go viral on the Internet – and you wish you didn’t? As Internet attorneys, we see “going viral, gone bad” situations quite often, and have assisted clients with addressing viral content. Sometimes, that means suing for defamation or false light, when professional reputations are affected and damages are incurred.   Suing for Defamation and False Light for Damages or an Injunction.  Firstly, if the viral content online is defamatory, you have the option to sue, either for an injunction or for damages, sometimes…
Britney Spears has not been able to make a single legal decision on her own since she was 27. This is because the singer was placed under a legal Conservatorship after her public breakdown in 2008 (if you recall the shaved head stunt and the umbrella hits to the paparazzi). Now, 12 years later, Spears is going to battle against her father, Jamie Spears, to remove him from his role as sole conservator of her estate. This case has not been shy of the public eye, like anything in the pop princess’s life. Many of her fans have been spreading …
On Wednesday September 23rd, 2020, The Department of Justice sent draft legislation to Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Among the items they are attempting to reform is a “Case-Specific Carve-Out” that would require platforms to take content down that is unlawful – including content deemed defamatory in court. In the past, Section 230 has granted immunity to online platforms and Internet providers from responsibility for the content posted on their sites – making the user the sole publisher of the content and not the platform. However, as the Internet has grown and flourished since Section…
On Wednesday August 12th, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the extension of the Clean Network Program aimed directly at guarding America’s sensitive information from “malign actors” like the Chinese Communist Party. This extension will include five new programs rooted in internationally accepted digital trust standards. Below is a listed breakdown of each new program: Clean Carrier: This program will ensure that China’s network carriers are not connected with U.S. telecommunication networks as it would pose a threat to national security.  This means Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other U.S. networks will need to ensure their networks are in no way …
If you haven’t already heard, many people on the Internet are speculating that President Trump may choose to ban the popular video sharing app known as TikTok. There is fear that because TikTok is owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, the app may be used maliciously by China to collect data from it’s American users. Just last week, Congress advanced legislation to block federal employees from using the app on government-issued devices, according to NPR. Many American TikTok users are wondering if it is even legal for the U.S. government to ban the app. Is it a violation of…
The Internet and all that it encompasses is full of content, some original, some considered “fair use” and some that violates copyright. So, when someone feels that their work is being infringed on a website or social media, what can they do to get the content removed?   Unfortunately, copyright issues on the Internet are much bigger issues today than ever before, especially with so many people ripping off content on social media. Because of this, there are specific laws that websites and platforms must abide by. Today, we are going to dive into the DMCA and how you can use it to get your stolen work removed from websites.   1. What does DMCA stand for?   DMCA stands for the…
The Internet and all that it encompasses is full of content, some original, some considered “fair use” and some that violates copyright. So, when someone feels that their work is being infringed on a website or social media, what can they do to get the content removed?   Unfortunately, copyright issues on the Internet are much bigger issues today than ever before, especially with so many people ripping off content on social media. Because of this, there are specific laws that websites and platforms must abide by. Today, we are going to dive into the DMCA and how you can use it to get your stolen work removed from websites.   1. What does DMCA stand for?   DMCA stands for the…