The “skank” blogger

August 25th, 2009 at 12:11 pm by David Farrar

Some readers may have followed the case of Liskula Cohen who was called a skank and “psychotic lying whore” on a blogger.com blog. owns these.

Cohen regarded this as defamatory and went to court to sue the author, and as part of that the court ordered Google to reveal the identity of the author.

Google complied and supplied the e-mail address used to register the blog. And this allowed Cohen to deduce that a Rosemary Port was the author.

Now to my mind, this is how it should be. If you defame someone anonymously, then your identity will be revealed.

Port, rather than apologise for her slander, is now saying she will sue Google for A$18 million for revealing her email address.

I think Port needs to get over herself and get a grip. Google was ordered by a court to reveal her address. I can’t see she has any chance of success.

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7 Responses to “The “skank” blogger”

  1. Chris Doms (73 comments) says:

    Who are these people?

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  2. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    I think Port needs to get over herself and get a grip. Google was ordered by a court to reveal her address. I can’t see she has any chance of success.

    What would your attitude be if the court was in, say China, and google were ordered to hand over the details a pro Tibet independence blogger?

    [DPF: Google should only respect a court order in the country it is registered. That way you know the law that applies when you use them]

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  3. petal (698 comments) says:

    No but yeah but no but yeah but no but yeah because what happened was you know the Liskula? Well they found a verucca sock in the girls’ bogs and put it in Port’s bag and she completely had an eppy and turned up to Kamal Sharma’s party with a compass and stabbed Kamal Sharma but anyway Shelly Bentley gave Craig Herman a blowy in the shallow end for a bite of his Funny Foot.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    How I yearn for the days when this would have been settled with a paddling pool and several litres of mud.

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  5. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    MyNameIsJack (1147) 0 0 Says:

    August 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    I think Port needs to get over herself and get a grip. Google was ordered by a court to reveal her address. I can’t see she has any chance of success.

    What would your attitude be if the court was in, say China, and google were ordered to hand over the details a pro Tibet independence blogger?

    [DPF: Google should only respect a court order in the country it is registered. That way you know the law that applies when you use them]

    OK, so the pro Tibet Independence blogger is in Tibet. Would you support a Chinese court ordering google to reveal the identity?

    And have you seen the forum shopping that goes on these days? many defamation cases are being launched in the UK due to the comparitive ease of victory there compared to say, the US or Europe.

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  6. V (660 comments) says:

    If anonymous blog comments are considered grounds for defamation, then Winston won’t have time to make it back to parliament in this lifetime or the next.

    Anonymous blogging has also been breaking controversial stories in the US lately with regard to finance reporting. Not sure if anyone reads zerohedge.com, but basically their manifesto (http://www.zerohedge.com/about) makes some key points regarding why anonymous speech should be protected. I would be keen to hear others views on this?

    I think people should/will judge comments by the content of what is said, so if it is nothing but a bunch of insults then most will dismiss it out of hand. Are the comments ‘defamatory’ or are they merely ‘opinion’ (albeit poorly expressed), and what is the actual injury to the woman here?

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  7. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    Cracked has got you covered:

    How to Slander Online Now That Google Won’t Protect You

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