L is for Libel

is for Libel.

As a writer, it is important that you understand libel. Slander is the other fork on the road to deformation, however as writers are dealing with words that are written down in ‘permanent form’ we are focusing on libel.

If you produce a piece of writing about somebody and include false information about them, then they can accuse you of libel.

First, at least one person (other than the person who is being defamed) has to see or hear the false information.

Second, the material must be such that if an average person saw or heard, it, that person would think less of you. For example, it can be defamatory for someone to:

It may also be defamatory for someone to imply something negative about you.

 

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