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Dealing with online defamation as an artist

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Entertainment Law |

In the digital age, artists face unique challenges regarding online defamation and social media. Defamatory statements or comments can spread rapidly across various online platforms, potentially causing significant harm to an artist’s reputation and career. Georgia law protects against defamation, but navigating these risks online requires a nuanced understanding of the relevant laws and strategies.

What is online defamation?

Defamation refers to making false statements about another person that harm their reputation. In Georgia, defamation falls under two categories: libel (written or published) and slander (spoken defamatory statements).

Online defamation often takes the form of libel, as defamatory statements can be published on websites, social media platforms or other digital mediums. Georgia’s defamation laws apply to online content, providing legal recourse for victims of defamatory statements made on the internet.

The challenge of identifying anonymous defamers

Social media platforms present unique challenges when it comes to online defamation. These platforms allow for rapid dissemination of information, making it easier for defamatory statements to spread quickly and reach a broad audience. Additionally, the perceived anonymity of the internet lets individuals make defamatory statements they might not make in person.

Strategies for addressing online defamation

Defamation can negatively affect an artist’s career, so it is crucial to report any form of libel to the proper authorities immediately. When faced with online defamation, artists in Georgia may try these options.

  • Issuing cease-and-desist letters to demand the removal of defamatory content
  • Pursuing alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration
  • Filing a defamation lawsuit to seek damages

In Georgia, you have a year to file a defamation lawsuit against the other party.

While the decision to seek legal counsel is personal, having one on your side can provide peace of mind and increase your chances of protecting your artistic reputation and career from the harmful effects of online defamation.