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A colleague of mine and I maintain a couple of faith-based blogs. Another individual, a priest, today took one of the blog posts and ripped it apart, publicly, on his blog. But not only. He accused us of various things, none of which are true. He did not mention us by name, but we are the registered users of the blogs with Wordpress. To what extent is this able to go to court? In fact, he even challenged us to take him to court...
He also took our post and reposted on his blog, when both our blogs are copyrighted (we have ensured this) under US copyright law
He also used and published personal information that I gave him privately in an email...
yes third parties are already believing what he is saying, it is evident from their responses in his combox
Also, we are in MA while he is in NC - would this be actionable in NC or MA?
its on the web, so reputation damages are everywhere - would it be actionable in both states?
Is he also liable for having divulged personal information publicly, which was given to him with the understanding that the info remain private?