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TECH-TAX: WITH DGIT

Yair Cohen speaker at Google Campus

Yair Cohen Google Campus

So you’ve founded a start-up, now what?!  You’ve had your big idea, you’ve researched your market, and you’ve taken the leap into the unknown… then what? Then, in amongst the long hours, the pursuit of the dream, the networking, the free beers and the pizza – suddenly there’s a tax return, a legal battle, a key team member gone…

Tax, talent and navigating online law will all feature in this event full of advice. Hear from the specialists that can help stop your mole hills becoming mountains!

Even information: http://london.techhub.com/events/techtax-with-dgit/

Lord Rennard possible grounds for legal action against the Liberal Democrats Party

Lord Rennard Legal Case

Lord Rennard Legal Case

Lord Rennard’s lawyers are still considering grounds for legal action against the Liberal Democrats Party following his suspension from the party and the announcement that a second investigation into his conduct is to commence.

The lawyers are expected to have an interesting time preparing their case. There are plenty of evidence and good legal material to play with. Professionally, they are like kids in a toy shop.

So has Lord Rennard got a reasonably good case?  It seems he has.

So on what grounds may Lord Rennard win a judicial review?

Under UK law, there are only three circumstances where a Court might declare administrative decisions unlawful. Read more  on Lord Rennard legal case here

http://www.internetlawexperts.net/2014/01/lord-rennards-potential-grounds-for.html

 

By: Yair Cohen

Cohen Davis Solicitors

Why online reviewers need to watch their backs (not from the lawyers)

Have you ever left an online review? If you have, then this article
will interest you.

Recently I came across a few cases where people who left a review
following a purchase from Amazon Market Place, ended up being
bullied, harassed and trolled by what appeared to be an organised
network of Amazon vendors.

In one instant a man who left a review following his
dissatisfaction with the return policy of the vendor, received over
130 posts responding to his review, many of which were derogatory,
insulting and to be frank outrageous.

He was being ridiculed and embarrassed and even his home address
was placed on the discussion forum. The assault went on for a
number of days before Amazon agreed to remove some of the offending
comments.  However, these were replaced by more cruel and vicious
attacks on the buyer.

Is this a new trend? I hope not.

I will keep an eye on this issue. If you have had a similar
experience after you left an online review, I would love to hear
from you.

Yair Cohen,

Social media and online reputation solicitor

Learn more about business and online reviews [
http://www.internetlawcentre.co.uk/ ] here:

 

The number of fake online reviews is constantly growing – reputation solicitor

The number of fake online reviews is constantly growing. A significant number of fake online reviews is written by business owners who often act in despair after becoming themselves victims of fake online reviews.

Social Media Solicitor.Remove defamation from the internet: Fake online reviews – legal advice

Business Reputation Management and Social Media Crisis Management (Part 1)

Social Media Solicitor. Defamation on the Internet: Social Media Solicitor.

Reputation solicitor

Reputation solicitors

On the internet, bad reputation both stinks and sticks. Once a customer’s bad experience becomes viral, traces of it might follow your organisation for years to come, and the story might be resurrected just when you feel that it has gone away forever more.

Five, six or ten years ago, companies that delivered  terrible customer experience could have perhaps be forgiven for not realising that the internet had the tendency of tattooing certain stories in the minds of millions of people who will in turn never forgive or forget.

Today however, there is no longer an excuse….Read more on Social Media and reputation lawyer’s blog

By: Yair Cohen

Reputation solicitor

Social media and reputation lawyer’s 5 essential steps to dealing with online defamation

Social Media Solicitors

Victim of internet defamation

Online defamation is likely to strike without warning. This leaves you with minimal time to prepare yourself for an appropriate response to the defamation.Here are the 5 most important steps you must take as soon as you become aware of  the internet defamation about you or about your organisation:

1) Be sensible. Evaluate whether it is in your interests to respond to the internet defamation. This depends on the nature of the defamation that you are experiencing. Be cautious about how people will perceive your business following your online response. Some victims of online defamation reply out of anger but… read more on our NEW social media solicitor blog.

Yair Cohen

Reputation solicitor

Defamation lawyer on defamatory search results on Google

Defamation lawyer asks: Do you think that Google should be responsible for defamatory results that appear on its search results? If the person who posted defamatory allegations about you on the internet cannot be traced, is it fair to allow Google to carry on pointing internet users to the defamatory web page through its search engine?

Google’s view on this is that they are not responsible for internet content, even on their own free Blogger sites and that they are also not responsible for what content appears on the search results.

Google has been claiming in various courts (of democratic countries)  that it has no control over search results but this assertion is difficult to reconcile with its ability and willingness to omit and manipulate search results in countries such as China and Saudi Arabia.

In an interesting twist in a Court of Appeal case which concerns the former conservative council candidate Payam Tamiz, his Barrister Goldwin Busutill made this interesting observation to the court:

‘The notion that the internet runs “automatically” or “passively” is in essence a powerful myth which has been fostered very successfully and profitably by internet superpowers such as Google Inc. It suits their business model to take and to be seen to be taking a ‘‘hands off’’ approach and not really able to do anything about problems that may be generated by their internet-based operations.’

The idea that companies can rip enormous financial benefits without having to incur any risks or liabilities to the citizens of this country is foreign to the English tradition of ‘fair play’.

The same issue has recently been highlighted in the media in relation to the low level of taxes which is paid in the UK by some multinational companies (such as Google and Amazon).

There is a perception that there is something very secretive about these sorts of companies whose operation appears to be anything but transparent.

This apparent lack of transparency might provide these companies with tremendous short term gains but eventually it will come back to bite them.

Written by Defamation lawyer Yair Cohen

 Defamation lawyers website.

Defamation lawyer: why websites never die

Sometimes people find that images that were deleted from the internet many years ago make a sudden online reappearance.

In one instant we traced the  reappearance  of an image back to the WayBack Machine which is the largest website archive library in the world.

It is possible to search the archive for websites as they appeared at different dates over the years. This means that offensive images, defamatory web pages and other unwanted content stay on the internet, possibly forever more.

As defamation lawyers we always do our most best to ensure that the internet content that we remove from the visible web is also removed from any known internet archive libraries.

Defamation lawyers that truly understand the web

By Defamation lawyer Yair Cohen

Defamation Lawyer: remove defamation from Wayback Machine

Websites’ Haven!

This is a real challenge to any defamation lawyer and a concern to many internet users.

Did you know that even after you delete your website, it can still be accessed by anyone through the WayBack Machine?

The WayBack Machine is the largest website archive in the world. It contains over 150 billion web captures and it includes content from more than 200 million websites.

If you feel a bit nostalgic today and want to see what your website looked like 10 years ago –  WayBack Machine will take you right back there in no time.

Of course, there is a slight downside to all this. Just when you think that certain internet content has disappeared forevermore, there is a good chance it is still there, and that it can still be found and viewed by the public.

Websites never die. They go to website heaven, the largest website archive in the world.

WayBack Machine

Have a safe trip.

By Defamation Lawyer

Yair Cohen

Defamation Lawyer Internet Law Centre

Internet Law Centre

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