Surprisingly enough, Port and Cohen
knew each other -- Cohen had a change of heart about suing for
defamation and stated, "I just dialed her up. I said no more
lawyers, it's OK. I forgive you."
While Cohen may have put the matter
behind her and is seemingly now trying to move on with her life,
Rosemary Port isn't as content. According to the San Francisco
Chronicle, Port now plans to sue
Google for $15 million for releasing her identity.
"When I was being defended by
attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being
protected," Port revealed today. "But that right fell
through the cracks. Without any warning, I was put on a silver
platter for the press to attack me."
Port's attorney, Salvatore
Strazzullo, stated, "Our Founding Fathers wrote 'The Federalist
Papers' under pseudonyms. Inherent in the First Amendment is the
right to speak anonymously."
Many speculated that the initial
ruling would spark a firestorm of controversy in relation to privacy
rights and users' ability to make comments anonymously online without
fear of having their cover blown. Strazzullo feels that he and his
client won't back down from fighting for privacy rights and added
"I'm ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court."
quote: Freedom of speech is relative to what you say. If you say you are going to kill some one, it is no longer just a "speech", it becomes a threat.
quote: America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".
quote: Finally someone with a common sense. The "freedom of speech" has been taken too literally by most, and people often hide behind the First Amendment for their racial slurs, bigotry comments, and condescending remarks.
quote: Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
quote: Freedom of speech is freedom to say what you want, it is not necessarily freedom from the consequences
quote: When the left shouts and hollars - they are exercising their right to protest and free speechWhen the right finally gets the balls to shout and hollar - they get labeled as crazy and "unintelligent".
quote: When the left shouts and hollars - they are exercising their right to protest and free speech When the right finally gets the balls to shout and hollar - they get labeled as crazy and "unintelligent".
quote: Present an event where a mainly Democratic crowd shouted obscenities at someone speaking and threatened to get violent.
quote: Nobody suggests the town hall protests are directly organized by the GOP; instead they are organized, if at all, by conservatives or independent right-leaning groups aligned with the Republicans. Therefore to show an equivalent action, one must only show violence threatened or committed by leftists aligned with the Democrats, with the goal of preventing public political speech.
quote: Saying anarchists are a part of the Democratic party is like saying the neonazis are a part of the Republican party. Neither is true.
quote: No one in the Democract party is supporting the anarchist in their cause against the WTO nor calling on people to protest the opponent party's convention.
quote: The Seattle protesters' confrontation was forceful, effective and innovative. They shut down the WTO meeting, albeit temporarily, by chaining themselves together in the streets for as long as 12 hours last Tuesday.
quote: Really? Then why does it seem like every town hall that has the staged demonstrations, there's always one person that shouts Obama is a Nazi? Maybe you fools should learn some history. It was the Nazis that gained power by standing in the Reichstag and shouting out whenever their opponents spoke, not allowing any other voice to be heard.
quote: That veil of secrecy online is now much thinner after a precedent setting ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden forcing Google to turn over the identifiable information it had on a blogger who called former model Liskula Cohen a "skank" among other things in a blog called “Skanks in NYC”.
quote: Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me