October 7, 2005
Identity of Anonymous Blogger Protected
In John Doe 1 v. Cahill, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a major ruling protecting anonymous bloggers against an attempt to expose them through a defamation action. UCLA Prof Stephan Bainbridge offers his analysis on his blog. Read all about it.
I don't think we have heard the last of this First Amendment issue. In fact, when all is said and done, I wouldn't be one bit surprised if the law settles on a directly opposite rule. In this case, the Court placed it analysis in the context of the exceptionalism of the Internet. Ultimately, the Internet will be viewed as commonplace as radio, TV, Cable, print journalism, etc., and will be required to abide by standards similar to other communication vehicles.
The Network's Tech Law Prof Blog covered this decision in detail yesterday. Read all about it.
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