Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Another "Anonymous Blog" Decision

The Sacramento Bee reports that a California trial judge has ruled that a former University of California, Davis, police officer may take steps to discover who has posted anonymous comments on a Google blog by hiring an "independent third party" to unearth that person (or persons') identity. The ruling comes after Calvin Chang, the former police officer, found comments on blogger David Greenwald's site that he thought were made by UC Davis "insiders" in violation of a settlement agreement. While the judge agreed with Mr. Greenwald that Mr. Chang could not simply demand the names of the posters, she will allow further action on Mr. Chang's part to uncover the names of the posters--hence the hiring of the third party. Read more here.

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