Defamation laws pertain to any act of defamatory action, which can be defined as words, sentiments, or statement spoken with regard to an individual or entity that may paint them in a negative light. Defamation can result in damage to the livelihood, enterprise, or reputation of the individual or commercial entity in question; the following are some terms that are covered under defamation laws:
Libel is an example of an allegedly defamatory statement that has been expressed in print – or an additionally-publishable medium.
Slander is an example of an allegedly defamatory statement that has been expressed verbally, such as on a broadcasted interview, media program, or before a public audience; slander – like libel – can be called into question due to an alleged lack of factual basis, validity, and substantial ground.
Projecting an event or person in false light is an example of a violation of defamation laws; an individual found guilty for doing so has willfully portrayed skewed or false facts in order to cause damage to a person, business, or entity.