Anonymity Online Not Absolute, Judge Rules (via Ben Terris of The Chronicle)

In, ‘Anonymity Online Not Absolute, Judge Rules’, Ben Terris of The Chronicle reports on the recent  decision in Calvin Chang v. the Regents of the University of California, partially quashing a subpoena to disclose the identities of anonymous blog posters. Calvin Chang, a former police officer, sued the University of California alleging that anonymous comments on the The People’s Vanguard of Davis blog breached a settlement Chang had reached with the university to end an previous lawsuit.

According to the news report:

“In her ruling on Mr. Greenwald’s motion, Judge Shelleyanne Chang (who is not related to the officer) ruled mainly in the blogger’s favor—with one exception. While she did not required the identity of the anonymous commenters to be revealed, she did allow Mr. Chang to hire a third party to determine if they were “managing agents of the university.” If such a link is found, their identity can be revealed, she ruled.”

See also, Judge’s Ruling: Anonymity Protections Not Absolute, by David Greenwald of The People’s Vanguard of Davis (September 14, 2009).

H/T to Greg at the SectorPrivate blog.

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