Welcome to Laurie Goodman's blog. I use this space to share news and opinions about education and schools in Ridgewood, the state of New Jersey and the nation, in addition to other issues I'm personally interested in. I invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, questions or opinions, too, by posting comments on any blog entry. Please observe basic courtesy -- keep your comments focused on issues, no personal attacks or bullying, please. Contact me directly at: lauriegood@mac.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NY court rules Google must reveal anonymous blogger's identity

Interesting news story today. An anonymous blogger was writing (possibly) defamatory things about a fashion model. (The writer called her a liar, "ho" and "skank.") The model sued to force Google to reveal the identity and account information of the blogger...and the New York state supreme court agreed. As the judge reportedly said, "the Internet is no longer a safe harbor for defamatory language."

It seems that our free speech laws will now be evolving, as we always knew they would, for the Internet age. I'm sure there will be many more cases, many steps forward, backward, sideways...just thought this was interesting...since I'm writing on a blog...and sometimes people post anonymous comments...

Here's a link to the story, click here.

No comments: