Some interesting information I found on a website. Obviously, I can't guarantee the accuracy of this.
WHAT IS "DEFAMATION"?
Defamation, sometimes called "defamation of character", is spoken or written words that falsely and negatively reflect on a living person's reputation.
If a person or the news media says or writes something about you that is understood to lower your reputation, or that keeps people from associating with you, defamation has occurred. Slander and libel are two forms of defamation.
Slander is a spoken defamation, libel is a written defamation.
CAN I SUE SOMEONE WHO SAYS OR WRITES SOMETHING DEFAMATORY ABOUT ME?
In order to prove defamation, you have to be able to prove that what was said or written about you was false. If the information is true, or if you consented to publication of the material, you will not have a case. However, you may bring a defamatory action if the comments are so reprehensible and false that they effect your reputation in the community or cast aspersions on you.
ARE MOVIE, THEATER, AND RESTAURANT REVIEWS PROTECTED FROM DEFAMATION SUITS?
A fair critique of a restaurant, movie, TV show, or theater play is not libelous, even though the comments or criticism are disparaging and may result in a loss of business or reputation.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH REPORTERS AND THEIR STATEMENTS? ARE THEY PROTECTED?
Damages can be recovered if the newspaper's story had inaccuracies in the reporting of statements which hurt the reputation of a person or business. The newspaper would be held responsible for its story.
Last edited by Sdwndr; 09-20-2003 at 04:21 AM.