Up to late last night I had never heard of Liskula Cohen and I am not much into “super models” either. But the blonde catwalker just recently made a dent into a situation I had talked about in earlier comments: trolling.
Cohen was the victim of an anonymous blogger who spread bias and falsehoods about her. The catwalker did not just swallow it but went against Blogger.com – Google Inc, that is – to obtain the blogger’s IP and email addresses. Last Monday she succeeded: as ABCNews reported yesterday “Cohen took Google to court in hopes of forcing the company to reveal the writer’s identity — and won.”
A little googling found me a courtesy copy of the actual court document. Google was ordered to “provide petitioner with information as to the identity of the Anonymous Blogger(s), specifically that person’s or persons’ name(s), address(es), email address(es), IP address(es), telephone number(s), and all other information that would assist in ascertaining the identity of that person or persons.”
And they did. Google provided the information to Liskula Cohen’s lawyers right away. She now plans to pull through a libel suit against the troll.
Oh, I can hear the sleazebags clamoring about privacy and free speech and the usual trash that is put on the table when it comes to anonymous jerks taking responsibility for their doing. Certainly one can argue that Freedom of Speech must be protected by all means and I agree.
But your own freedom ends where you violate somebody else’s.