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Friday, October 07, 2005

Hey, We're in Delaware.

Thanks to my brother for the tip to this story in the Washington Post about the Delaware Supreme Court allowing an Internet service provider to withold the indentity of four anonymous bloggers who had said some pretty nasty things about a local elected official.

The Court ruled that the targeted official must should have been required to establish a prima facie case of defamation before seeking disclosure of the defendants' identities.

Granted, I despise bloggers who hide behind their anonymity for the sole purpose of casting aspersions on elected officials. However, it is important to protecting free speech that a legitimate claim be determined before private information about bloggers can be discovered.

2 Comments:

Blogger James Young said...

I don't see this as particularly earthshattering, since the real question was whether the elected official had a claim to begin with.

And I share your concern about anonymity. I think it's less defensible when one individual is attacking another and making all manner of outlandish slanders, and claiming some sort of comparative authority (i.e., experience, knowledge, etc.) to do so.

1:26 PM

 
Blogger Ross said...

Here's a funny story about Delaware and that scene from Wayne's World.

1:37 PM

 

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