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."