Yesterday, a Manhattan, NY Judge ruled that Google must identify the anonymous blogger who created and/or posted to a blog titled "Skanks in NYC." The blogger wrote derogatory and possibly libelous posts about Liskula Cohen, an international fashion model. Once Ms. Cohen learns the identity of the blogger she will then be able to file a defamation suit.
Abcnews.com has a good article and an interview with Ms. Cohen. This ruling may signal the beginning of the end of total anonymity in internet posting. I predict that these types of lawsuits will only increase in frequency and jurisdictions throughout the country may differ in their application of the law. Due to the First Amendment issues involved one of these cases may eventually find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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