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  1. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced issues like blog defamation or impersonation or other fraudulent behavior. If so, how did you deal w. it? Has anyone out there employed an attorney to defend themselves in similar circumstances?

    I write a political blog & someone has created a blog which in part pretends to be written by me & which also defames me using pornographic language & other techniques ranging fr. sophomoric to disturbing.

  2. carlocab123
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think you should e-mail him first before making any move.

  3. Amulet
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I don't know if this will be of use or not, but I recently found out about this link, so I'll share it with you:

    ReputationDefender

  4. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    And what would I say? He's clearly created the site to taunt me. What do you say to someone like that?

  5. carlocab123
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    warn him! and if he didn't stop yet... that's the time to file a case.

  6. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    impersonation?

    Im not a lawyer but ..

    Firstly, remember that the WWW is just that, world-wide. What might apply to some doesn't necessarily apply to all.

    defamation is not accomplished solely by using pornographic language.

    see this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slander_and_libel

    There is a God blog, should the real God e-mail first or just sue?

  7. 2notch
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    @whooami

    There is a God blog, should the real God e-mail first or just sue?

    (ooh, that was good)

    @richards1052
    You and your detractor are dancing on the rawest nerve in the world. Do you expect no flak?

  8. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    So far, the worst I have had has been someone sending out emails to people who link to me. That person claims to be me and bashes them. I just made a post letting people know what was going on.

  9. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    There is a God blog, should the real God e-mail first or just sue?

    If the God blog said God performed sex acts on himself (as this jerk has done) then, yes I'd say he should sue or better yet, bring down a lightning bolt on the impostor.

    You and your detractor are dancing on the rawest nerve in the world. Do you expect no flak?

    Flak I expect. But not someone stealing my identity, my images & using pornographic language to defame me. That's what you call "flak?" I'd use a tad stronger language.

  10. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "If the God blog said God performed sex acts on himself"

    Boy I could really go off on a tangent with that, but I just wont go there.

  11. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Lol... allow me whooami...

    "If the God blog said God performed sex acts on himself"

    Thats like asking someone... "If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?"

  12. drmike
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    For reference, ReputationDefender is a "company" that advertises their servcises via blog comment spam and splogs. I've deleted tons of their blogs on my own WPMu install.

  13. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes, their website's claim that once they find material about you online that you object to--that they will then go about getting it removed fr. the web struck me as improbable & unrealistic. How? With lawyers? Computer hackers?

  14. mythusmage
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    richards1052,

    Promote him. I'm serious. Tell people about his site, and encourage them to go and take a look at the vindictive tool. People like that are their own worst enemies, a lot of what they say about others says a lot more about them. Give him exposure and let your visitors know about this clod.

    And make fun of it. Make fun of his language and his thinking. Make fun of his obsession with you and his blatant immaturity. Ridicule him, for it's very hard for people to take seriously someone who's treated as a joke.

  15. obscure
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This guy isn`t doing this to make people believe his point of view, he is doing it to upset you. If you get upset he wins. I agree with mythusmage - you should write posts promoting this guy... "hey look at the quality arguments against my opinions at this site" etc.

    Take the high ground and let him wallow in the sh&t. Let`s face it, if someone reads his site and is swayed by it would their opinion really be of interest/importance to you?

  16. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Reputation Defender is a legit business. They are the people handling the posting of the pictures of the girl killed last Halloween on the freeway in Orange County, California. The crash photos, most of them close-ups and VERY graphic were leaked to the WWW by a CHP employee.

    They use attorneys. They use cease and desist letters.

  17. RDBlogger
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Dear all,

    Thank you for your thoughtful discussion of online defamation and impersonation. We at ReputationDefender did want to take a moment to clarify that the splogs and spam that drmike has been receiving are not actually from us. We’ve gotten some press recently, and another company has started to use our name.

    Thanks for your time,

    RDBlogger
    reputationdefender.com

  18. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    We’ve gotten some press recently"

    That's an understatement, see my previous reply.

  19. dss
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I agree with mythusmage

    In my experience, reason and litigation have failed utterly with domain snatching, impersonation, and slander.

    Instead, I've promoted the culprits and they eventually lose interest and fade away.

    Best thing is to make yourself clear, proceed with what you're doing, and believe in yourself. Giving in to antagonism is more or less the food for the fool who is mocking you. You know, like the broken, hurt, and lonely bullies in school... if you whine and cry, they snicker and get meaner. If you laugh along, and think they're lame, they want to sleep over at your house. to which you happily say "Om my, no thank you."

    A slappy life is it's own reward in my opinion.

  20. richards1052
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks to all these great replies & for yr encouragement. I've actually succeeded in transforming this into a positive. A NY Times reporter saw my posts about this & featured me as part of a front pg. story that dealt mostly with Kathy Sierra & the blogging code of conduct. The local news radio station did a story on me & the tech reporter for the Seattle Post Intelligencer is writing a column about this. A reporter from Computerworld also wants to write a story.

    Though this imposter is a s*$t, I really should thank him as a number of you have implied. I've turned lemons into lemonade!

    But why Blogger won't take such crap down is beyond me. Prob. because I haven't sicced a lawyer on 'em.

  21. yorokobi
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sounds like your on your way to putting a "spin" on this. Which is your only real defense.

    I think I'd make a big deal about it by basically pointing out what he's doing based on a "I must be on to somthing to rate this kind of attention" angle.

    What ever you do, take the high road. Anyone who would be on your side will be able to figure out for themselves what kind of person he/she is, you don't have to tell them.

    At that point, you'll be "the bigger man" so to speak, and will have taken the best steps you can toward any needed "damage control" as is related to your rep/identity.

  22. sslol27
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Um...whooami?

    Before you praise Reputation Defender, you might want to check them out a bit more carefully

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