Saturday, July 28, 2007

A warning for 'sock puppets' and anonymous loose cannons

If you think that you can remain anonymous on the internet and say what you want with impunity, better think again.

Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes, a former Green Party of Canada campaign manager, filed a suit last April in the British Columbia Supreme Court against Wikipedia for what he believes were disparaging and damaging comments made by a writer last year with the handle "indyperson." The sock puppet was repeating comments made by anonymous authors on Blogspot's The Compost Heap. Google, which hosts the Web site, and the bloggers, were named in a separate suit. Mr. Crookes would like Google to identify the authors and remove the contentious words that exposed him "to ridicule and contempt."

There is a certain cynical blogger out there that might give this some serious reflection.

More at Time.


Anonymous said...

Kiss my ass.

Love, Anonymous.

Joanne (True Blue) said...


Saskboy said...

So in review:

CC = not sued.

Your hero Kate at SDA = sued.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Life is not always fair.