18 Aug 2009

Judge Rules That Google Must Give Up Name of Anonymous Blogger in Defamation Suit

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This doesn’t seem like a good sign:

A Manhattan judge ruled yesterday that a blogger can’t hide behind a web of anonymity while flinging the ugly words “skank” and “ho” at somebody online.

The sternly worded ruling orders Google to give up the identity of an anonymous blogger-assailant who inexplicably devoted an entire blog — titled “Skanks in NYC” — to maligning beautiful blond model Liskula Cohen.

Once she learns her attacker’s name — possibly as early as today — the model can serve the anonymous blogger with a defamation lawsuit.

Obviously the blogger is a jerk, but give me a break. It’s not like he (I’m assuming it’s a man) said, “I have video proof that Ms. Cohen ran over a three-year-old and fled the scene.” His remarks were clearly just generic insults. As far as those insults hurting her career, how many more people have heard them because of her desire to file suit?

But the real danger here is using this pretext to get Google to give up a customer’s name. What happens when Geithner decides that I need to stop spreading vicious rumors about the amero, thereby causing the dollar to lose value?

The feds are breaking down all the remaining obstacles to their power. Swiss bank accounts and anonymous bloggers must go.

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