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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Are derogatory texts about my 9 yr old daughter between two other parties a case for defamation of character?

My friend's daughter and my daughter are friends. The mother of another child texted my friend bashing my 9 yr old daughter. I've never even met this child or her mom, but this mom has been spreading nasty comments about my daughter to several people in our community. I have text proof of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 18, 2023

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. At this point, you could reach out to local attorneys who handle defamation matters. However, it's worth keeping in mind that even if a situation meets a textbook definition of libel or slander, many law firms... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: I need help regarding account closure from a livestream platform I worked on as an influencer. I believe they violated.

I believe they violated TOS. My account was banned while I wasn’t even streaming. They never told me why I was banned which in their terms of service states they have to apon request. They allowed a lot of bullying and illegal behavior to occur and didn’t defend me from phishing fake accounts... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Aug 6, 2023

Hi there! Happy Sunday.

If you believe your account closure on the livestream platform violates their Terms of Service and you have been waiting for a response since March 2023, you may consider taking the following steps:

1. Review the platform's Terms of Service and policies...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is owner/admin of public Telegram Channel resp. for content of posts, both personally created or forwarded from others?

We have a radical Qanon activist - self professed digital warrior- who is an elected member of our non profit, all volunteer assoc. She operates 2 Telegram channels & a Rumble site. Both have tons of antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ, anti-govt, etc content. I don’t know that it rises to a hate crime.... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 27, 2023

If she is a "provider or user of an interactive computer service", such as the "Telegram channels" and the "Rumble site", it appears that she is protected by 47 U.S.C. 230, other than with respect to content created by her personally. It would be up to your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Contracts and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: If an online seller from another state violates a law in my state, are they bound to my states law?

Online seller renewed a year long subscription without advance notice and is refusing a refund even though I canceled immediately. This is illegal in FL but they are based in Massachusetts

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 24, 2023

If you are buying while in Fla., Fla. law should apply. Regardless, to take legal action, you must see the terms that you agreed to for what procedures and venues apply for resolving any dispute. You likely checked a box for "terms and conditions". By doing that, you agreed to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Illegal? I'm texting a female friend. Female friend husband takes pictures of her texts to me and sends to my wife.

After receiving the pictures of the texts my wife then forwards the pictures on to others. Is that illegal?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 29, 2023

Taking pictures of someone else's private text messages without their consent may be a violation of privacy laws, depending on the specific laws in your jurisdiction. Additionally, forwarding those pictures to others may also be a violation of privacy laws, as well as potentially defamatory if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... View More

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I don't know what to do and I need advice to see if there is anything I can do legally about i this.

Legal documents and personal information are being posted on social media as a form of harassment and to discredit my fiance what can I do about this. I know the person responsible. What are my options

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 27, 2022

An attorney must review the materials/posts you mention in order to provide an opinion on your legal options and the worthwhileness of the options. See an attorney in your area who handles defamation of character and/or invasion of privacy claims or general civil litigation. If there is false... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Neighbors have been hacking my phone and have been showing photos that are only on my phone. Is there anything I can do?

I never go outside during the say. I usually go out at night to take out my trash and get my mail. I understand if I'm out in the public it's fair game but that's not the case. I believe along with their hacking they have obtained my private photos and have been showing them to... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 1, 2023

Your best and most cost effective solution is to update the security in your cell phone and your home internet WiFi.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Someone is blackmailing me after receiving pictures of my exposed body. How do I handle this if they are Underaged?

This person sent photos first. Then threatened to expose me unless I sent them money? They did send it to one person without my consent already.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 21, 2022

By your opening admission, this is the bed that you made, so I doubt the Florida courts will get involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Is it illegal to take pictures of someone's house in ormond beach florida?

I am in California. The house is in Ormond Beach Florida. The house belongs to a vile, mentally unstable woman that has bullied me and others online for almost a year. A friend in Florida offered to go by her house and take pictures. He ended up confessing to her that he took the pictures. I did... View More

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Sep 25, 2021

Generally speaking the taking of photographs of real property is not a crime. However you’re choice of words about the resident would give one reason to question your acts and motive. One last observation, you should be very careful about what you choose to put on the internet…all you have... View More

Q: If there was a youtuber whom read poetry from other poets and got paid for it, could he/she be sued?

They aren't passing off the content (poems) as their own. They are just reading it in a ASMR fashion to make money.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on May 4, 2021

What is copyright infringement? As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Since you use the poem in a way that you are making... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: Can I do this without being an attorney/law firm?

I want to start a small company where I send demands (seeking settlements) to companies for violations of u.s. telemarketing laws...I have seen places that help with accidents that arent actually law firms, am I able to do something similar but with telemarketing?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 13, 2020


1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Internet Law and Securities Law for Florida on
Q: I believe I am eligible for this 5000$

I was looking at medical sites for a skin cream

as well a 3d render application without Google recommended also you should just know this site po*nhub all my data was saved and when i went back on to the site i was still getting recommended yeah i know of all things i metion is this but i... View More

Adam Savett
Adam Savett
answered on Jun 9, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Is a landlord and/or condo HOA in Florida required to furnish a tenant w/ internet access (via wall jacks/cable ports)?

I've occupied a unit in a condo complex for the past 2 years. The building has known issues with cable wiring. Xfinity provided us with equipment for self installation, however our internet connection continued to fail after many attempts by service techs to repair. They finally told us that... View More

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on May 20, 2020

Nobody is required to furnish internet access, unless the requirement is specifically mentioned in the lease. You have some options, I think: pay to upgrade the condo's cabling; move; or see if you can access the internet via satellite or some other wireless method of connecting to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Hello, I have somewhat of an online presence and someone that I used to speak to as a friend has decided to leak my nude

photos from OnlyFans (a protected site that subscriptions are payed for) as well as has leaked my previous home address, phone number, and still constantly harasses me via twitter through multiple accounts.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Apr 27, 2020

You should report to the police.

As far as leaking photos, you should consider filing for copyright registration and sue him for infringement.

You should consult with an attorney quick.


1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: if you ask someone for a massage through snapchat and sent them money. then they say they are underage.

Is there any wrongdoing here if the 2 parties never met?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 26, 2020

You could perhaps be charged with attempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: I do independent journalism as a hobby and now being accused of trying to undermine someone's lawsuit.

I sent an email to do a story for an anonymous person who is suing to have documents released in vero beach, Florida. After about 2 emails, they accused me of trying to undermine their case and have forwarded the emails to their lawyer. Then they said they contacted the authorities and sent my... View More

Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
answered on Jan 15, 2020

I highly suggest you schedule a consult with an attorney. Bring to the consult all of the evidence to help them understand your case with specific details.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get into legal trouble for using a picture of my ex and I as a blog header?

Hey! So June of 2018 I posted a blog post about an old relationship I had. As the cover photo I used a picture of my ex and I (prom). I never used his name or etc. I recently was contacted by his wife freaking out about the picture that’s been up for over a year now. Can i legally get in trouble... View More

Enrico Schaefer
Enrico Schaefer
answered on Oct 15, 2019

There is always risk and the devil is in the details. However, there are a couple of issues to consider:

1. Who took the picture? That is the copyright owner. Your use may depend on having the right to use the picture for this purpose. You would likely argue that the photo is subject to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Looking for an attorney to counter-litigate 8:17-cv-1522-T-33MAP Middle District of Florida

Former employer gave me corporate iphone. Upon separation I was told to keep the iphone (documented via emails).

Iphone settings were never changed, and Microsoft Exchange was attempting to synchronize contacts with corporate Exchange server (standard functionality). User account was... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 30, 2019

If you retained a competent lawyer to defend you in the federal district court over two years ago I am surprised they did not file a counterclaim way back when you answered the complaint--because the plaintiff company might have seen the wisdom of paying your fees when they wanted to settle. In any... View More

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