I need help with online libel and harassment

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tango
I need help with online libel and harassment

About two years ago, a very disturbed and confused girl was making some nasty accusations against myself and my partner that could ruin both our personal and professional lives. Information gleemed from her photobucket and myspace accounts (with tools passed to me from here - thank you so much!) gave us valuable information for trumping her claims in court and stopping her harassment... or did it? It would appear, two years later, for whatever mysterious reason, she has started again, only this time she is using the Internet to spread her hateful lies about us. I am in need of your generous help again.

So far the harassment has been limited to libelous remarks posted to professional Youtube videos. Comments were set to "pending approval" so they were not viewed by the public - However, for our safety we have set all of our videos there to private until we can get something done. So I suppose my first question is, what are the proper channels to go through on Youtube? All I am finding are generic FAQs with no contact information.

My second question is... Is there a fast and easy way to deal with this? Non-profit Internet organizations aimed at stopping Internet harassment? I do NOT want to have to go through an attorney AGAIN. Months and months of agonizing legal schlock and in the end, civil court washed it's hands of the problem and nothing was done... but we're still paying off the attorney's bill. I just want this girl to stop and I don't want to have to take time-consuming, inexpensive, and unreliable, legal action.

People laugh at you when you say you are afraid of young girls, but the damage they can do is unbelievable. If this girl runs wild on all of the social networking Websites I use to promote both myself and my partner, I have no idea what I will be able to do about it, and given the nature of our professions, the threat of damage is very real.

Please help me! Thank you for your time.

 

   

   

Hot2na
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

tango wrote:
Please help me! Thank you for your time.

internet annoyance is now a federal crime. i would start "local" and look for a firm that specializes in cyber law and possibly get yourself a complimentary consultation. keep in mind this my opinion and how i would personally proceed. my reputation and that of my family's is not to be reckoned with.

 

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skittles778
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

Wow this Bill is so worth it! But i just hope the people out there that love to annoy others and play victim realize how serious this is. Its about time something is done!

 

 

.......Cherish today as if it were your last!

ICUP
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

you need to contact IC3. Google 'internet crime complaint center IC3' and it should come up. hth!!

tango
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

Thank you for the suggestions! I am working on them right now. :)

Something useful somebody mentioned that I thought I'd post here - They said to create Google Alerts of your name so that you will receive e-mailed updates if your name is posted somewhere on the Internet. It looks like a great way to track this type of damaging behavior and nip it in the bud, assuming site mods are responsive.

PinkJammies
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

Google Alerts is a great tool to have, just be sure to put in your user names also.

stxr
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

If she's young enough, why not contact her parents? Earlier in my days online, a 17 year old girl gave me a layout "totally free and no need to link back to me!" only to turn around and put it on her "popular" design site that "frequently had thieves harvesting all of her hard layouts!" then claim that I was a thief! No matter what I posted in my blog, I had psychos defending the poor minor (who was only 5 years older than I) 24/7. One quick phone call to her dad, and that put a stop to it.

BTW, I'm not defending the person harassing you, but have you tried not visiting her crap? If she sees she's not getting a reaction out of you, she will probably get bored and move on to someone else who will react. Keep in mind that she is well within her rights to voice a public opinion about you, even if you are not a public person. She can say, "Beth who lives in Ohio sucks!" and defend why she feels you suck. She cannot say, "Beth in Ohio abuses her pets!" as that is libel/slander, depending on the medium used to deliver the message.

tlc1084
Re: I need help with online libel and harassment

i had the same thing happen to me. At first i thought i'd be the bigger person and turn the other cheek, but her ugly remarks about me on her public myspace got worse.  i went to the police station and filed a complaint, which was automatically followed with a warrant for her arrest.  we went to court, and yes i felt a bit silly, but i dont regret it. her attorney and the prosecutor got together to find a mutual agreement before going in front of the judge,and  all i asked for was for her to stop and delete all the things about me she posted and for her to apologize to me right then and there. it didn't cost me a thing, and in the end i was relieved

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