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July 13, 2014

Over at Popehat, another Popehat signal has been launched.

 

Stephanie Yoder has found herself facing serious legal trouble.

For writing threats?  Nope.

For defauding someone?  no again.

For publishing a well researched article pointing out that Worldventures is somewhat less enticing then the company would have us believe?

 

You got it.  So, they are threatening her with legal action.  Ken White has requested pro-bono aid for her and has already requested that this story be spread far and wide– and you should.  The use of libel and defamation laws to silence valid criticism is an especially serious threat today when so many people turn to the Internet to provide others with their experiences.  They are not large businesses or individuals dependent on the advertising revenue provided by the very companies they claim to be reviewing.  But equally, they are not generally people with lawyers on retainer, making them extremely vulnerable to this type of legal extortion– say nice things about us or we sue you.  This has produced a situation where in order to protect one of the greatest features of the Internet– the free transfer of information, it is vital that we ensure that things like the Worldventures libel threats are not only smacked down, they are done so in such a way as to discourage future activity of this type. Losing a lawsuit is one thing– losing a lawsuit and finding out that your bad behavior has been widely publicized? That’s quite another thing and something that other businesses considering the same behavior will think about before they launch such a lawsuit.

 

So remember: Worldventures has chosen to use the law–or rather misuse the law to silence valid criticism.  One must ask oneself:  Why would a company do that instead of simply letting its actions speak for themselves….

 

 

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