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Explicit Comments Fuel Defamation Suit

Publication Date: 
March 26, 2008
The Connecticut Law Tribune
Christian Nolan

According to The Connecticut Law Tribune, Professor Mark Lemley authored a complaint in a case that "could become a signature case pitting the right to anonymous free speech against the legal right to sue for defamation."

The 19-page complaint, written by Stanford law professor Mark Lemley, one of the plaintiffs' four pro bono lawyers, accuses the people posting comments of "Google-bombing," or manipulating search engine results so that anyone looking up Jane Doe II's real name would get a list of explicit message boards.