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article imageActor Ron Livingston sues anonymous Wikipedia editor

By KJ Mullins     Dec 10, 2009 in Internet
Office Space actor Ron Livingston is going after an anonymous Wikipedia editor who wrote that Livingston was gay on his Wikipedia page. Livingston believes this anonymous person is also behind a fake Facebook profile.
Livingston is not suing Facebook or Wikipedia. Instead, he's going after "John Doe." Both sites are protected by the Communications Decency Act. The Livingston lawsuit is likely to obtain the power to subpoena Facebook and Wikipedia to find out the name of the person or persons behind the false information.
According to Wired, the Wikipedia entry says "42-year-old Livingston was married Nov. 2 to Rosemarie Dewitt “although he is gay and officially confermed (sic) it in TMZ he is gay and darn proud.”
Livingston is not the only famous person to find false information floating around on Facebook or Wikipedia.
When anonymous bloggers are revealed, they sometimes fight back. Rosemary Port, operator of the blog "Skanks in NYC" is one who is considering suing Google after being "outed." She and her lawyer Salvatore Strazzullo plan to ask a judge for $15 million for Google breaching its “fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity.”
Port was outed after the blog posted only five entries, all devoted to model Liskula Cohen. Cohen was called a “psychotic, lying, whoring...skank.” She was also called an “old hag,” and was depicted as a desperate “fortysomething” in the posts.
Cohen subpoenaed Google in order to find out who was making the posts that she said were putting her career in jeopardy.
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