Every situation is different so by far the best way to find out how to respond to a social media legal issue is to speak to those who are most likely to have dealt with a situation similar to yours.
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Proven strategies to help you remove porn films from the internet, for people who made the films earlier in their lives and now wish to move on.
If say, 10 or 15 years ago, for whatever reason, you agreed to make a sex video in return for money, and that video has in the meantime been published on the internet, you might be able to have the video and any related video clips deleted from each and every website that hosts it.
At the time, when you agreed to participate in making the sex video, you might have thought of it as being a matter of little long term importance. Most actors who performed in adult films ten years ago or longer hardly anticipated that their erotic films would be cut into dozens of short clips and published and republished endless times by complete strangers who had nothing to do with creating the films. It is likely that before the production of a pornographic film you agreed to assign all your intellectual property rights to a production company who you thought would keep matters under control. The assignment of your rights to the porn video might not be valid.
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How to remove nude images and videos from the internet.
Often, models and performers who previously appeared on nude or pornographic videos wish to put their past behind them and move on with their lives.
Many wish to study a profession or start a family. Young adult film performers may have signed copyright assignment agreements with model agencies or with adult film produces which on the face of it give away all their legal rights in relation to the pornographic videos or nude images they now wish to remove from the internet.
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If you already made an application to Google under the right to be forgotten and your application was declined, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the regulator responsible for data protection in the United Kingdom, which has the power to overturn Google’s decisions.
"For most people the application to the ICO under the right to be forgotten is likely to be the very last opportunity ever to have information removed from Google searches and from the internet."
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Our client was employed as a manager by a company in the financial services industry. An article in a national newspaper (also published online) revealed some of the practices employed by that company and effectively had made our client a scapegoat to the company’s alleged wrongdoing.
When news broke out about the company’s alleged practices, it allowed our client to become a scapegoat and did nothing to try and defend its practices or our client’s position as an employee
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Meet Gary. Gary was a small investor in listed public companies who held shares in a gold mining company RRR PLC. As an active investor, Gary used to be involved in online investment forums such as Interactive Investors.
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Online harassment can occur even if the information published is true
This is another ground-breaking internet law case by Cohen Davis solicitors. Harassment lawyer Yair Cohen instructed by a former senior employee at the United Nations to put an end to harassment on the internet by another UN employee.
Protection from Harassment interim injunction obtained by Cohen Davis in favour of former senior UN employee RADA-ORTIZ and ESPINOSA VADILLO  EWHC 2175 (QB).
Meet Jesus Espinosa Vadillo, a former United Nations' (“UN”) temporary employee. In 2014 JEV, who worked as an interpreter at the UN's International Maritime Organisation (“IMO”), felt aggrieved about the way he believed he was being treated by his department manager.
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When was the last time you searched online for information about your own company? If the answer to this question is “never” then you are not alone. But you also need to read on…
Many organisations spend little or no time in researching themselves on the internet. This makes sense on the face of it; what could you possibly learn that you don’t already know? But it is precisely this subconscious dismissal of the notion that you could find something out that you don’t already know that enables negative ‘information’ from going undetected for so long and causing so much damage.
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Review websites are either Industry Specific or Multi Area. They create an image of a service for the public good whilst in fact, they are commercial enterprises, they are not altruistic. Their commodity is YOUR reputation, and it's free of charge. Review websites often claim to have a right to publish without responsibility for content. This claim is false; in many cases operators of review websites are also the publishers and often the editors of the posts and are therefore liable to you for defamation.
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Questions about defamatory online reviews
Many people genuinely believe and even insist that review websites are there to enhance consumer’s ability to make the right choice or to educate them in choosing; a reputable supplier, a builder, an estate agent or even a holiday provider - and they are dead wrong. The truth is that the vast majority of those who operate review websites have clever systems that are aimed at benefitting them financially by encouraging visitors to their website to write negative reviews. This is often achieved by attacking and consequently destroying the reputation of good, honest and well established businesses across the UK.
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Adverse results from search engines can often have severe consequences, sometimes affecting you as an individual, sometimes affecting your family and at other times affecting your business. This will seem particularly unfair where the information presented by the search engine against your name or the name of your business is untrue, deceptive or very old.
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On 12 October 2014, Google reported to have rejected more than two thirds of all the ‘right to be forgotten’ applications they received from UK applicants. By contrast, Cohen Davis has obtained nearly 92% success rate with its right to be forgotten applications to Google and the ICO.
Google’s decision to comply with any such applications is of course at their discretion (albeit in accordance with the landmark court ruling made in Google Spain SL & Google Inc v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) & Costeja González (“Google Spain”) in May 2014) and there are currently no hard and fast rules which might serve to predict an applicant’s chances of success. Indeed, when comparing some successful applications against those which Google rejected, it becomes quite apparent that (at least on the face of it) even Google does not appear to maintain a consistent approach in how it deals with each right to be forgotten request.
A right to be forgotten. Yair Cohen, UK expert lawyer in removing web pages from the internet speaks at Google Campus, London.
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The ruling came after Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish man, complained that a search of his name in Google brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about a sale of property to recover money he owed.
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Every organisation needs to carry out reputation risk analysis on a regular basis.
But at times of online reputation crisis, risk analysis is even more crucial than ever and needs to sit at the heart of the reputation recovery strategy. A reputation recovery strategy that encapsulates continuing reputation risk analysis will typically follow these steps:
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Defamation by investors - defamation against a company and defamation against directors
In a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK concerning online defamation by investors against a company, online defamation and social media specialist solicitor firm Cohen Davis won damages for its PLC client, a gold mining company Red Rock Resources (RRR) after the company was defamed on social media by one of its small yet vocal investors.
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Are fake reviews legal in the UK?
Writing a fake online review has never been easier. A fast growing industry of online review websites leaves very little hope to those business owners who want to play it fair.
The number of fake online reviews is constantly growing. A significant number of fake online reviews are written by business owners who often act in despair after becoming victims of fake online reviews.
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It is estimated by researchers that between 16 to 20 per cent of social media reviews are fake. We believe however that the real number is much higher.
We believe that between 50 to 65 per cent of all online reviews are fake.
A research by Harvard Business School entitled “Fake It Till You Make It: Reputation, Competition, and Yelp Review Fraud 24 September 2013” points to an emerging industry of fake review creation, which is primarily being driven by business owners who either leave positive reviews for themselves, negative reviews for their competitors or a combination of both.
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Company directors often prefer to remove damaging webpages from public sight by using a discrete method to push the derogatory webpages down in the search results of Google.
This method often results in satisfactory resolution of many of the issues that negative webpages may bring on a company generally and on its sales team in particular.
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It is possible to ease the pain caused by online defamation through principles of tactical transparency. There are numerous examples of organisations that for a period of time suffered sustained attacks on their reputation but nevertheless managed to come out at the end of the dark tunnel cleaner, stronger and loved by their customers.
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Chilling Effects is a website that collects and publishes cease and desist letters that it receives from individuals and from organisations such as Google.
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How effective should a defamation cease and desist letter be when your aim is to have online defamation removed from a web page, a blog or a forum?
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Looking for an experienced online defamation lawyer?
We achieve a high rate of success in the removal of online defamation!
In the past few years we have removed hundreds of defamatory websites from public view. Web sites, which up until then devastated our clients’ reputation. This includes a vast number of defamatory videos from YouTube as well as articles from national news websites.
We removed content from Google Inc, YouTube, Firefox, Bing, TripAdvisor, MoneySavingExpert and other well known internet websites around the globe and successfully negotiated the removal of web pages in the UK, the USA, Canada and other countries.
If you are searching for a defamation lawyer who is also an internet law legal expert, be assured that you have arrived at the right place.
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Can I write a letter to ask for the web page that contains defamation to be removed from the internet?
Online Reputation travels fast and because so many members of the public wrongly believe that they can hide behind a made up name in an online forum to post comments without being accountable for the consequences of their comments, you can see how your business reputation could be completely tarnished almost overnight.
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What is a Google bomb?
The phrase Google bomb is used to describe various practices and techniques aimed to "marry" two or more unrelated words of phrases in order to bring about a particular search result.
An example would be when a phrase such as “Teacher Paedophile in South London” is artificially linked to the name of an innocent individual.
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Have you experienced a reduction in sales lately? Maybe it’s due to the current economic climate, or maybe it’s because your marketing strategy has not been updated to reflect the global economic changes of the past few years. Maybe it’s a combination of those factors.
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This is business sabotage in the digital age. It is far more common than you might imagine and new enterprises are particularly vulnerable as they are at their weakest. The culprits will normally be more established operators in their sector/field who are seeking to ‘smother them in the cradle’ or perhaps stifle their growth when they begin to feel the effects of the competition on their own business.
It might also be from established entities who are retaliating to what the incorrectly perceive to be similar behaviour on the part of others. Restaurants are especially vulnerable to fake reviews. A recent study from Harvard University entitled, "fake it 'till you make it" shows that independent restaurants are much more likely to post fake reviews about their competitors than any other sector. Equally, they are quite fond of making up good ones about themselves.
National or Chain restaurants are far less likely to engage in such practices. It is estimated that 16% of all restaurant reviews are fraudulent, and that is after many have been filtered out (Yelp have sophisticated algorithms to achieve this - many sites do not). If you own a new business, especially a restaurant, be on your guard!
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