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This is the second half of an analysis of the free speech issues implicated by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)'s shutdown of mobile phone service on Aug. 11 in order to prevent scheduled protests. The first part of the blog is available here.
Consider two cases: In Colorado, clothing company Façonnable is
attempting to sue an anonymous Wikipedia editor (or, possibly, more
than one; the number is sort of up in the air) over some unflattering
edits to the company's Wikipedia page. But first, Façonnable has to
figure out who the editors are--thus, a subpoena to the ISP allegedly
attached to the editors' IP address.
By now, you've perhaps heard of the plight of one Joseph Rakofsky, the man who sued everyone who ever wrote about him on the Internet. In short: Man represents defendant in murder trial; judge declares mistrial; judge says scathing things about man's professional competence; newspaper covers the unusual mistrial; law bloggers pick up story; man brings 75-defendant lawsuit against everybody who wrote about him. CMLP's full run-down of the lawsuit is live; give it a click for the nitty gritty. Go ahead, I'll wait.
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