by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 7th 2008 8:09am
While in other countries, courts have been much more willing to reveal anonymous online writers when someone feels someone dislikes the content, US courts have been a lot more willing to protect online anonymity. Here's yet another example. In California, an appeals court ruled that an anonymous poster on Yahoo's finance message boards could remain anonymous despite agreeing that the content was "unquestionably offensive and demeaning." However, as the court notes, offensive and demeaning content isn't illegal -- and thus the poster has every right to protect his or her anonymity. This is definitely a good ruling. All too often people assume that just because they don't like some content or feel offended by it, it must be illegal. It's good to be reminded that just because you dislike something, it's not necessarily illegal.
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