If your life is being impacted by false, embarrassing, or defamatory Internet sites, reviews, or social media posts the Internet defamation removal and reputation management attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to have the offending content suppressed or removed. We guarantee the removal of the offending content of you will receive your money back. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our experienced team, call (216) 831-0042 or contact us online today.
Why Would I Need to Have Content Removed from the Internet?
The world wide web (WWW) and Internet in its modern form have existed since, roughly, the mid-1990s. Since that time, the reach and scope of the global network has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, the younger generations who are currently entering adulthood today grew up with and alongside the Internet. This fact means that they may now be particularly Internet savvy, but posts made during their teenage and college years may still exist. These posts may show childish behavior or some of the “extra curricular” activities such as excessive drinking or sexually proactive photos that may have occurred during their teen or college years. In retrospect, these posts may have been ill-advised and may affect your current opportunities and how other view you.
In other instances, people may recognize the global soapbox that the internet and its social media and user-generated content platforms provide. They may realize that they can cause immense damage to a person’s reputation and standing with others through false or defamatory posts. These posts may allege things like cheating on a spouse, drug use, criminality, explicit photos and videos, and other defamatory content to cast the person in a false light. These are only two of the reasons why a person may need to have something removed from the Internet. Unfortunately, many other reasons also exist.
How Long Will It Take to Get the Embarrassing or Defamatory Content Removed?
It is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take to get a false or defamatory post removed from the Internet because it is subject to an array of factors. However, one general conclusion that can be drawn is that removal will occur most quickly when you are able to work directly with the website where the content was posted or the poster him or herself. There are certain types of content most sites will voluntarily remove – in many cases quickly. These types of content include:
- Illegal content – A number of sites will remove content that is illegal in nature. This includes things like pictures of a person engaged in illegal activity like drug use. Likewise posts that impersonate the individual and encourage others to commit illegal acts are likely to be removed. Copyrighted materials, such as a photo taken by someone other than the poster, are also typically removable
- Child pornography – Most websites will work quickly to remove naked or sexually explicit photos of children and teenagers who have yet to reach age 18.
- Revenge porn — Revenge porn is illegal in some states, but not all. In any case, some websites are attempting to get ahead of this distasteful practice. These sites will remove instances of revenge porn.
- You are the author – While some sites state they never remove posts, others will do so if you can prove you are the author.
Of course, some sites may choose not to comply with your direct removal request and you may be forced to take alternative actions. One option is users can ask Google to remove search results that violate terms of its policies. This option can result in a relatively quick removal if Google complies. However, if Google rejects your request to remove the search result from its search engine, you will be forced to pursue other legal options.
In the case of Internet defamation, the individual who wants to remove the content from a non-responsive site must then take steps to hold the individual poster liable. Due to the pseudo-anonymous nature of the Internet, this will likely involve multiple subpoenas and legal filings. Needless to say, this process can take months if not years. However, the benefit is that the victim of defamation can hold the poster directly liable for their malicious and defamatory actions.
Internet Defamation Removal & Reputation Management Lawyers Provide Clear Guidance
The amount of time it can take to get content removed from the Internet varies significantly with the circumstances faced. No two situations or removal requests are alike, but the process can often be expedited significantly by working with an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free and confidential Internet post removal consultation call the lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA at (216) 831-0042 or contact us online today.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Have Something Removed from the Internet?
There are many reasons as to why a person would need to remove certain content from the Internet. In some cases a personal disagreement may escalate to the point where one party decides that it would be a good idea to spread lies, falsehoods, and other untrue information online. In other circumstances, an individual may draw the ire of group of Internet vigilantes who decide to “dox” the individual by publishing an array of personal and potentially protecting information online. This information can include the target’s name, address, Social Security number, financial account numbers, medical records, place of employment, and many other personal details. In still other scenarios a youthful or momentary indiscretion may have resulted in the publication of statements, images, or other materials that are compromising or cast the individual in an unfavorable light.
In short, there are many reasons as to why a person would want content removed from the Internet. However, regardless of how the content was posted one constant remains: the affected party wants the defamatory or sensitive information removed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, many people don’t know the best way to accomplish this goal or whether they need a lawyer.
While certain content removal actions could be handled by a non-lawyer, working with an attorney provides the targeted party with additional options in how they can approach the problem. Furthermore, if legal action such as the filing of a subpoena becomes necessary, the attorney will already be familiar with your matter and will not have to orient him or herself with the particular facts and details. The Internet defamation removal attorneys of Internet Defamation lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA, can explain viable removal strategies, whether legal or non-legal, and take action to get the offending content removed. To schedule a no-charge, no-obligation consultation call us at (216) 831-0042.
Your Need to Use a Subpoena to Uncover the Identity of an Anonymous Online Abuser
In some circumstances it may not be possible to work with the site to remove the content. In other cases, the target of the wrongful conduct may wish to unmask their online abuser so that he or she can pursue legal action to hold the individual accountable for their wrongful conduct.
While an individual can proceed as a pro se, it is often inadvisable to do so because most laypeople are unfamiliar with the court system or the law. The lay person is likely to be unfamiliar with the subpoena process and he or she may waste significant amounts of time and energy attempting to determine how to proceed. Furthermore, he or she may fall into common legal pitfalls such as attempting to hold a website featuring user-generated accountable for the content. Per Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the site cannot be held accountable for material or this type and it may even result in a counterclaim against the filer.
You Wish to File a DMCA Complaint for infringement of You Copyright or Other Intellectual Property
If you wish to file a copyright takedown claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, similar concerns regarding a lack of familiarity with the process exist. Consider that a legally deficient DMCA filing is unlike to secure the result that a party facing infringement wants to achieve. Furthermore, an inappropriate or false DMCA claim can lead to similar adverse legal consequences. That is, an inappropriate filing can result in a counterclaim and damages being paid by the party that originally filed the takedown request. Furthermore, since the DMCA is filed under the penalty of perjury, abusive DMCA requests can also be met with criminal sanctions.
You Are the Victim of a Crime
In some circumstances where you are the victim of a crime such as where sexually explicit photos are posted of an underage subject or in instances of revenge porn, it may pay to work with an attorney. In difficult and anxiety-filled situations like these where you simply can’t bear to handle the fallout created by a crime against you, our attorneys can act on your behalf to remove the materials the materials as quickly as legally possible. Furthermore, our attorneys can take appropriate steps to ensure that relevant evidence is received by state or federal authorities so that evidence can be preserved and, if appropriate, charges against the offender can be brought.
Internet Defamation and Personal Information Removal Attorneys You Can Trust
Facing online defamation, having one’s intellectual property infringed upon, or being the victim of a crime are all situations where it may be prudent to consult with and hire an attorney to get something removed from the Internet. Likewise, if you plan on holding the party responsible for the posting of the offending material an attorney can work to unveil the identity of the abuser while marshalling evidence to support your case. If you have concerns about materials posted online contact the attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA for a free by calling (216) 373-7706 or contact us online. We guarantee the removal of the offending content or you will receive your money back.