He said WHAT about you on Facebook?

Host: Saper Law

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Time: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Location: Saper Law Offices, LLC, 500 N. Dearborn, Suite 1200, Chicago

Cost: Cost $15 with online registration, $25 at the door (includes lunch)

Instruction: Sign up online or at door

Contact: Daliah Saper at dsaper@saperlaw.com

New online tools and popular social networking sites allow for greater collaboration, exchange of ideas, and of course the quick and easy dissemination of information to a wide network of people.  However, these same sites can be used to spread false or defamatory statements that cause harm to individuals or their businesses. Indeed some sites exist solely to encourage users to “vent” or divulge inside information about employers, employees, organizations, and even ex girlfriends or boyfriends.

September’s Seminar at Saper Law focuses on the increasingly relevant topic of online defamation.

The first half of the seminar will be led by Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law Offices, LLC.  Daliah will provide an overview of defamation law and use real world examples of cases she has handled to illustrate the challenges involved with prosecuting or defending online defamation cases.  These challenges include: discovering the identity of anonymous posters, tolling of statute of limitations, jurisdictional issues, and the liability (or lack theroof) of websites like ratemyprofessor.com, ripoffreport.com, dontdatehimgirl.com, dumpon.com, and glassdoor.com.

The second half of the seminar will be led by Michael Kiefer, General Manager of BrandProtect.  BrandProtect works in conjunction with businesses and their attorneys to help identify malicious information on the Internet such as; defamatory discussion, erroneous rumors, inappropriate language, inaccurate information and other negative discussion posted online. BrandProtect's software searches websites, blogs, social media sites and bulletin boards and can identify various sources such as customers, employees, investors, analysts and other stakeholders.

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