Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
It's great that together we have built a friendly, open community where people can discuss the issues important to the art fair business.
I hope that we can continue to do that.
However, recently there has been a lot of discussion that has been less than kind, to say the least.
I'd like to remind everyone that typing here in the Forum is not that different than having conversations in the real world.
For example, making statements and accusations about people or businesses that are untrue, defamatory, or damage a business can lead to legal liability.
Informed opinions, polite argument, and even a certain amount of gossip is no problem.
Libel is a problem.
Definition of Libel (abridged from Dictionary.com)
To publish in print ...an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation... It is a tort (civil wrong) making the person or entity open to a lawsuit for damages by the person who can prove the statement about him/her was a lie.
The primary examples we are struggling with lately here include discussions where people are stating that others are engaged in fraudulent business practices.
If you are making accusations for which you don't have supporting facts, I'd encourage you to please consider the tone and potential impact of your rhetoric to help reduce its potential for getting you into legal trouble.
I'm just running a Forum here - it's not my place, desire, or job to pass judgment.
When defamatory statements are made here there may be consequences. Those consequences may simply be removal of your posts, suspension of your membership, or even legal action.
Some of you may want to quibble with my legalese here but the point is really not up for debate.
Unfounded accusations are not welcome here and can get you into real trouble.