The Digital Media Lawyer Blog: “Internet defamation law update: Courts around the U.S. regularly grant requests by plaintiffs to force publishers to disclose the identity of anonymous bloggers — albeit, often not until the plaintiff has jumped over some rather stringent procedural hurdles. However, in a recent case, a federal judge in Missouri denied such a request, on the grounds that the plaintiff’s need for the blogger’s testimony did not outweigh the blogger’s First Amendment right of anonymity . Sedersten v. Taylor, W.D.Mo., 6:09-cv-03031 . . . . This decision is not an outlier, but represents principles governing such cases that are recognized by most courts.”
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