Defamation of Character

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Defamation Of Character:
Sara Jones v. TheDirty.Com
By: Yolandia Bond
Park University

Abstract
This research paper will explore some of the ins and outs of what “defamation of character” is and what legal liabilities can come from defaming a person or persons. We will also explore the Communications Decency Act (CDA) as it comes to what responsibility, if any, is held by proprietors and curators of websites that allow/encourage slanderous conversation. We will be examining Sarah Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment, LLC (Jones v. Thedirty.com) to help answer the questions: what legal liabilities can come from defaming a person or persons, and does a proprietor/curator of a website have any legal responsibility when it comes to slanderous comments, from one third party about another, being made on their website, or are they protected under CDA? In this paper you will also see mentions of other precedents (i.e. Metro-Goldwy-Meyer Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd.) to help answer the questions about Jones v. Thedirty.com.
Keywords: CDA, Communications Decency Act, Jones v. Thedirty.com. Bengals Cheerleader, Teacher – Student relationship, Jones v. TheDirty.com

Defamation of Character: Jones v. TheDirty.com Defamation of character, as defined by legaldictionary.com, is any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person. In layman’s terms, defamation is when one gossips about another with no factual basis to the things that are being said or the spreading of rumors about another with no actual confirmation of truth by the person being spoken of. The case of Jones v. TheDirty.com came from the online defamation of Sarah Jones by third-party commenters, but it…...

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