Patent Litigation Update

more+
less-

Discovery Ordered Regarding Identification of Anonymous Web-Posters: In In re Anonymous Online Speakers, 2011 WL 61635 (9th Cir. Jan. 7, 2011), the Ninth Circuit addressed for the first time whether and when a provider of online content must disclose the identities of individuals who have used pseudonyms when making website posts. The answer, the court held, depends on the type of speech involved.

The defendant had allegedly facilitated an online smear campaign against the plaintiff via postings on the defendant’s websites. On First Amendment grounds, the defendant refused to reveal the identities of the individuals posting on its websites. The plaintiff moved to compel, and the pseudonymous posters contested the motion.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

more+
less-

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
×
Loading...
×
×