Common Tort Law Actions in Cyberspace

Torts are wrongful acts between individuals. Lawyers and commentators have started to use the term cybertorts to describe torts arising from internet communications.52 (Terms are always trendier when cyber is added as a preface!) Courts are applying traditional tort law principles to areas where communications and personal interactions occur electronically. This section will briefly describe some of the ways that tort law concepts have been applied to online interactions.


Defamation is an intentional tort. Defamation occurs when one person speaks or publishes a false statement of fact about another person that injures that person’s reputation. There are two types of defamation cases. They are: ...

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