Eli Lilly Doesn't Want Incriminating Documents Linked From A Wiki
from the you-do-understand-how-the-internet-works,-right? dept
In the latest case involving a big company trying to shut someone up (thereby only drawing that much more attention to it), Eli Lilly apparently was upset that someone had leaked documents suggesting that the pharmaceutical company had downplayed the side effects of its best selling drug, Zyprexa. The company has apparently gone on to pay out over a billion dollars in settlements concerning the drug, but one thing they apparently can't stand is anyone linking to the incriminating documents. Some people got together and put together a wiki that linked to some of the leaked documents, and a court ordered that the links be taken off the wiki. The EFF is defending the still anonymous wiki posters, pointing out that this appears to be a First Amendment violation. The people who put together the wiki were not a part of the lawsuit, and simply were pointing to the documents -- which should leave them outside the jurisdiction of the court. Of course, as has been pointed out over and over again, all this is really doing is getting additional publicity to the fact that these documents existed. So, it seems like any effort to get them completely banned has done the opposite of what Eli Lilly intended.