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Has Defamation Affected Your YouTube Livelihood? Here's How To Prove It

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Defamation, whether as a result of libel or of slander, is a serious issue that many people face. If you feel as though someone has defamed you, a personal injury attorney can help. This is a type of case that many personal injury attorneys will take on, even though your issue hasn't resulted in a physical injury. If you make a percentage of your income through a YouTube channel, serious defamation could lead to a loss of earnings. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can prove that your livelihood has taken a hit since the incident of defamation.

Revenue Before And After

If someone has defamed you, people may stop watching your videos — and this can be costly. You'll need to collect data about your earnings before and after the incident in question as a way of showing that the defamation has caused dramatic changes in your ability to earn. For example, you can put together revenue statements that show how you were making an average of $2,500 a month on your YouTube channel for several months prior to the defamation. However, after the defamation occurred, you were down to an average of $1,500 in the months that followed.

Subscriber Changes

In order to get a lot of views on YouTube and thus make a lot of money, it's critical to have plenty of subscribers. After an incident of defamation, people may start to unsubscribe from you believe they believe the lies that someone else has spread. Fortunately, this data is easy to track. You can pull up data that clearly shows how many channel subscribers you had before the defamation, and how that number has dropped in the weeks and month since.

Lost Advertising Partners

People who earn money on YouTube often do so by partnering with different companies. For example, you may have a large company that sponsors some of your videos, perhaps giving you money in exchange for the publicity that your channel provides. However, if you've been lied about publicly, it may be enough to scare some of these partners away. If you can provide copies of letters in which partners cancel their agreement with you because of the "news" that has been made public about you — even if you know that it's not true — this will take money out of your pocket. A personal injury attorney will assess these losses and ask for damages accordingly.

For more information, contact a personal injury attorney in your area.