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November 28, 2005

Lycos Must Reveal Anonymous Dutch Web Site Owner

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled Friday that Lycos must reveal the identity of an anonymous web site owner who ridiculed a stamp trader.  The case started years ago when Bernard Pressers was accused of fraud in stamp trading on eBay by the anonymous owner of a web page hosted by Lycos.  Pressers sued the ISP to disclose the name and address of the owner.  The trial court ordered the release of the information and Lycos complied.  That information turned out to be wrong and Pressers demanded that Lycos track down the correct information.  The trial court turned that request down, but an appellate court overruled that decision.  The Dutch Supreme Court upheld the principle that an ISP may be sued under some circumstances to force the revelation of identity in some circumstances.

More details on this from the Register, here.

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