Judge Allows Critical Blogger To Remain Anonymous

from the free-speech,-yo dept

Just as we were noting that it was becoming increasingly common for people in the UK to file libel lawsuits to unmask anonymous online critics, it looks like US courts are being much more protective of an individual’s right to privacy. In yet another lawsuit involving a school and an anonymous blogger (why do we keep seeing similar stories?), a judge has ruled that an anonymous blogger can remain anonymous as the comments on her blog were protected free speech and not defamatory, as a member of the local school board charged. Of course, the key here is that the speech in question was not defamatory, but merely protected opinion. This doesn’t mean that bloggers can freely libel people — but that a simple libel charge doesn’t automatically allow the unmasking of an anonymous blogger.

Filed Under: , ,

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Judge Allows Critical Blogger To Remain Anonymous”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Shmilda says:

This was an open and shut case. The plaintiff was theoretically seeking disclosure as a prelude to filing a suit for defamation. Since it was clear that the plaintiff would lose such a suit (defendant didn’t say what was claimed, nearly impossible for an elected official to win, etc.) there were no grounds whatsoever. Unfortunately, the opinion is not well written and thus will likely not be quoted all that much.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...