Q: Can you tell a true story on a podcast, change names and locations and it be legal? Can a teacher do this?
Is this libel if names are not used and locations are not mentioned? What defines Libel?
A: Depends on the circumstances. It is not illegal but it could make it a case for libel.
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A: As an initial matter, libel consists of the written word, whereas slander is the spoken word. Whether its' libel or slander, they require the information to be false. The defense to a libel or slander lawsuit is the truth. To answer your other question, yes, you can tell stories of people by changing their names and locations without running the risk of legal issues, AS LONG AS the listeners would not be able to tell who you're talking about. Sometimes, other details in the story can still give away the person about whom you're speaking. Also, you can still tell the stories and not run a risk of a lawsuit if the person about whom you're talking has no damage to their reputation within the community.
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