Canadian judge rules in favour of pseudo-anonymous website commenters/bloggers
An article came out today on canada.com.details how some good precedence for freedom of speech and anonymity online was just made in Ontario:
“The public interest favouring disclosure [of the bloggers’ names] clearly does not outweigh the legitimate interests in freedom of expression and the right to privacy of the persons sought to be identified,” Judge Brown wrote, noting the three anonymous defendants, who chose to make comments on the site using pseudonyms, had “a reasonable expectation of anonymity.” – Judge Carol Brown, Ontario superior court
Former Aurora mayor Phyllis Morris will appear her $6M defamation action suit. The appeal is sure to set some precedence in Canada, so that is one we’ll pay attention to!