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    Re: EFF Urges Court to Block Dragnet Subpoenas Targeting Onl

    Posted by Deborah on 7/17/10

    Yep, have to agree with you, tough call. Would definitely chill
    participation, but it would make it more difficult for
    cyberstalkers to harass victims.

    On 7/16/10, Sharon wrote:
    > "Overbroad subpoenas targeting anonymous speakers without
    > cause naturally creates a chilling effect that may discourage
    > others from exercising their constitutional rights to
    > participate in conversations that take place online," said
    > Zimmerman. 'We are asking the court to enforce these
    > reasonable safeguards so that the rights of innocent speakers
    > do not become collateral damage in a dispute between others.'
    > For the full motion to quash:
    > motiontoquashmemo.pdf
    > I have mixed emotions about this one.
    > If one does not state their true identity when writing, they
    > are more likely to write outrageous words that they never
    > would if people knew who they were. Mike B is a prime
    > example of this.
    > But on the other hand, I have honed some great information
    > from this board and other boards by people who would be
    > afraid to speak out for fear of retribution if they had to
    > use their real name.
    > Seems to me like there should be a law somewhere in the
    > middle on this one. I don't know all the facts of this case,
    > so really couldn't say what I think specifically about this
    > one.
    > On 7/16/10, Deborah wrote:
    >> Privacy and Anonymity at Risk in New York Conspiracy Suit
    >> New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this
    >> week served a motion to quash dragnet subpoenas that put
    >> privacy and anonymity at risk for the operators of dozens of
    >> Internet blogs and potentially hundreds of commenters.
    >> The subpoenas stem from a state lawsuit filed by New York
    >> residents Miriam and Michael Hersh alleging a conspiracy to
    >> interfere with their business interests. Issued to Google
    >> and Yahoo, the subpoenas demand the identities of users of
    >> ten email accounts, operators of 30 blogs and a website that
    >> had featured discussions of the plaintiffs among other
    >> matters, and the identities of everyone who had ever
    >> commented on those sites.

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