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    How to handle internet libel and slander

    Any false comment that hurts another person’s reputation is considered defamation of character, which is sometimes abbreviated as “defamation.” Defamation is a civil problem rather than a criminal one in Common Law nations (such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom). Instead of putting the offender in prison, you sue him or her for damages. Defamation may be divided into two categories: libel (for comments that are written or fixed) and slander (for remarks that are said). Because the Internet is a fixed medium, most online content—including videos—falls within the umbrella of libel. This article will thus only cover libel cases. Federal defamation rules differ from state to…