Liskula Cohen

Liskula Cohen

Rosemary Port, the previously anonymous author of a blog entitled “Skanks in NYC,” recently announced her intent to file a $15 million lawsuit against Google for revealing her identity. Google, as the provider of the blog, was required to identify the blogger pursuant to an order by a New York state court. The order was entered in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed by model Liskula Cohen after the blog named her the “#1 skanky superstar” and made other offensive remarks.

The New York court’s order and Port’s suit against Google pose some interesting issues regarding privacy on the Internet and the implied right to speak anonymously under the First Amendment. While the New York court only required “a strong showing that a cause of action exists” to require the blogger’s identity to be revealed, a Delaware court, in Doe v. Cahill, previously imposed a higher, “summary judgment” standard on defamation plaintiffs seeking the identity of anonymous Internet posters. The difficulty for courts in setting such a standard is weighing the free speech interests of the blogger with the protection of others’ privacy and First Amendment interests.

Maurie Donnelly

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