One Way To Reveal Anonymous Posters: Subpoena The Sites They Read
from the rights-to-privacy? dept
Of course, revealing who those anonymous posters are isn't easy, thanks to that previously mentioned respect for the right to be anonymous. So, it appears that lawyers for the plaintiffs are taking a rather indirect route to reveal the anonymous posters. Since the posters had linked to web pages that mention the plaintiffs, the lawyers are now seeking a subpoena on the log files of the sites that had those articles. Yes, this is a huge stretch, as they're basically searching for a needle in a haystack, trying to pick out of the logfiles exactly who visited a particular news story. Even though some of the companies in question have pointed out that it's impossible to provide this data, the lawyers are still seeking a subpoena from the court demanding it. If the law students in question put half the effort they're putting into this lawsuit into finding a job, rather than worrying about what people said about them, perhaps this wouldn't be an issue at all.