This video explains the law of defamation (also known as libel or slander) as well as common defenses such as the public figure defense. The video explains why opinions are less likely to cause problems and why retractions and takedowns may be wise. It also explains how podcasters can use SLAPP laws (strategic lawsuits against public participation).
- [Voiceover] Defamation.…In 2014, a doctor employed by World Wrestling Entertainment,…WWE, sued podcaster…Colt Cabana and wrestler CM Punk…for comments they made about the doctor's skills…on the popular podcast The Art of Wrestling.…The doctor claimed he was defamed…and sued for $1,000,000.…With that case in mind, here are some rules…to remember about defamation and podcasts.…It's not defamation if you're telling the truth.…
Defamation, also referred to as liable,…or slander when it is spoken, occurs when you make…a false statement about a living person…that injures that person's reputation.…The truth is referred to as a perfect defense,…but it may also be an expensive defense.…For example, even if the statements made…about the WWE doctor were true,…Cabana and Punk, the defendants,…would have to prove in court…that medical malpractice occurred, a challenging task.…
In addition if their sources for the malpractice statement…were confidential, they would not be able…to counter them in court to prove truthfulness.…
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