What Now, Dumb Canadian Model?

A few days ago, I posted a story about a Canadian model trying to get Google to give up the name of an anonymous blogger who put her pictures up with "defamatory" captions.

Read about it here.

So, the judge on the case ruled that Google would have to give up the name. I've already discussed why this is wrong, but if you read my other posting about this, you would know this already. Turns out the blogger is one Rosemary Port, a 29-year old Fashion Institute of Technology student. And I am very proud to say that she is furious at Google. Furious enough to file a lawsuit against Google to the tune of $15 million. She claims that Google "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity." She feels that Google didn't do their duty to put up a reasonable defense of her case, and that her right to privacy was breached because of it. Port and her lawyer plan to take this all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.

I've gotta say, I was completely surprised by this. I expected this story to die when Google gave up the name of some dumb teenager who in turn got scolded by his parents for abusing his Interwebs rights. Instead, this feisty fashion student is striking back hard, suing Google and making National headlines; She is scheduled to appear on Good Morning America tomorrow.

Talk about a plan backfiring! If Rosemary spins this the right way, our Canadian Model friend will lose more actual business from complaining to Google than she would have otherwise. This could turn into a media circus and watershed case that will change the way the law views anonymity on the Interwebs. Or Google will just settle, and this will die, albeit a little later than expected. My vote is on the latter, but hey, one can hope...anonymously.

And if Rosemary pulls this off, score one for the Interwebs!

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