Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cyber bullies!

Canadian woman wins lawsuit against Google
Matt Hartley
, Financial Post
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Former fashion model Liskula Cohen sued Google in January, demanding the Web company hand over the name of an anonymous blogger who posted pictures of her with unflattering captions on a blog entitled ... (Courtesy of Bryan Bantry Agency)
A Canadian woman has won a landmark lawsuit against Google Inc. which forces the search engine giant to reveal the identity of the anonymous cyber bullies she says posted offensive comments about her on a blog using the technology titan's Blogger service.
Former fashion model Liskula Cohen -- who appeared on the covers of Australian Vogue and W magazine in the early 1990s -- sued Google in January, demanding the Web company hand over the name of an anonymous blogger who posted pictures of her with unflattering captions on a blog entitled "Skanks of NYC" in August of 2008.
Ms. Cohen, who won the suit in New York State Supreme Court this week, was not seeking a financial settlement from Google, only the identity of the person or persons who posted the blog entries.
Although the blog has since been removed, Google handed over the anonymous blogger's email address and IP address as a result of the suit.
While Ms. Cohen and her New York-based lawyer Steven Wagner could not immediately be reached for comment, according to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper, Ms. Cohen said she discovered the anonymous poster was a female acquaintance she knew from her time on New York's party circuit.
"Thank God it was her and she's an irrelevant person in my life," she told the newspaper. "Why should anybody let it go? If somebody attacks somebody on the street you're not going to let it go and why should I just ignore it? I couldn't find one reason to ignore it."
Google declined to directly comment on the lawsuit, opting instead to issue a brief statement saying the company sympathizes with anyone who winds up the victim of cyber bullying.
"We also take great care to respect privacy concerns and will only provide information about a user in response to a subpoena or other court order," the company said. "If content is found by a court to be defamatory, we will of course remove it immediately."
Google purchased Blogger's parent company Pyra Labs for an undisclosed amount in 2003.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cyber-bullying is something that Lee Baker (CMLP) is adept at. When I read his so-called legal analysis of the Liskula Cohen case, I was so underwhelmed that I felt compelled to investigate his legal credentials. Turns out he has none. He is a foreign, second-year college student. He is not a licensed U.S. attorney, or even a Canadian attorney. He is just a snot-nose from Toronto. I heard it through the grapevine that our boy Lee is a real wuss who is typical of his hometown Toronto. Toronto is a mecca for Canadian and U.S. dandies, if you know what I mean. I think Lee Baker left Toronto because he had one too many one-night stands and is looking for new turf. Lee, keep your sexual proclivities to yourself and stop criticizing defenseless people like Liskula Cohen. You are not an attorney, you are not a U.S. citizen, you are not even a college graduate. What you are is a wuss from Toronto with guts to spare! Go back to Toronto. By the way, are you even in the U.S. legally?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of hotties who swing both ways, one of the wildest I have ever met in Illinois is Nina Meixner of Hinsdale, Illinois. She is a self-proclaimed bi-sexual woman who is also a fairly talented artist. Check out her online gallery. You just may find a painting you like.

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