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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sticks and Stones

August 19, 2009

A Vogue cover girl has won a precedent-setting court battle to unmask an anonymous blogger who called her a “skank” on the internet.

In a case with potentially far-reaching repercussions, Liskula Cohen sought the identity of the blogger who maligned her on the Skanks in NYC blog so that she could sue him or her for defamation.

A Manhattan supreme court judge ruled that she was entitled to the information and ordered Google, which ran the offending blog, to turn it over.

Ms Cohen, a tall, Canadian blonde who has modelled for Giorgio Armani and Versace, went to court after reading the wounding anonymous comments on Google’s

“I would have to say the first-place award for ‘Skankiest in NYC’ would have to go to Liskula Gentile Cohen,” the blogger “Anonymous” wrote in one posting. The blog, since removed, ridiculed the former Australian Vogue covergirl as a “40-something” who “may have been hot 10 years ago”, when she was actually 36.

Justice Joan Madden rejected the blogger’s claim that the blogs “serve as a modern-day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting”, and should not be treated as factual assertions.

The model was looking forward last night to discovering the identity of the alleged acquaintance who insulted her. “Everybody is waiting to see who this coward is,” Steven Wagner, her lawyer, said.

Andrew Pederson, a Google spokesman, said: “We sympathise with anyone who may be the victim of cyberbullying. 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.”


dynamitrios said...

Oh man, there goes the freedom of expression.
Also if she would have been some average Jesn, nobody would ever had listened to her.
But no,... models, rich people "stars", all are above the law.
I hate that. Instead of running to the hills, because they should be afraid of us, they still try to censor and control everything.

But hey... their days are already count.

Lets have an experiment here: I will claim the same as the blogger did and see how long it takes till they get me ( i live in Germany btw.)

"Liskulla Gentile Cohen is so unknown, that she has to raise attention this way, otherwise no one would pay her, so she can buy her nosefull of Coke"

My adress is

Im Lerchenholz 16
71636 Ludwigsburg

Now come and get me suckers.

Thanks for letting me hijack your comments section for a second Mr. Campbell

Anonymous said...

yikes Todd! are the FEMA vans fueled up? is De meter running? :O)

complete cowshit, setting precedent that 1/3 of usenet exchanges, for example, are liable for exposure of identity and defamation

should keep the lawyers busy thru the 23rd century

Justice Joan (Mad Dog) Madden of the Manhattan Supreme Court, hm?

(would never have guessed!)

victimology, enshrined into law by the perpetually offended/entitled

maybe at last theyre circling the barbed wire 'round the net

what a couple of skanks, and as for google, the "cyberbullying" chime-in was pathetic

come on and get my name, too, if you think you can