Wednesday March 07, 2018

Bride Ordered to Pay Photographer $89k for Posting Nasty Reviews

Dpreview is reporting that Emily Lao has been ordered to pay wedding photographer Kitty Chan $89,000 in defamation damages after posting statements that the judge called "egregious, accusatory and vitriolic." Chan was forced to shut down her business in 2017 as a result of the online attacks from Liao, that stem from a 2015 contract she had with Liao for wedding photography.

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I completely agree with the judges decision. When what you do or say online has real life implications, then a real life punishment should be in order.

Lambasting (and thereby hurting) a photography business with an online "review" isn't the problem per se, but the statements must be accurate and not motivated by malice. As Justice Weatherill explained in his decision, "this case is an example of the dangers of using the internet to publish information without proper regard for its accuracy."