Mad Catz filed a lawsuit against some Yahoo! msg board posters for defamation and misappropriation of trade secrets. A subpeona was issued to Yahoo requiring them disclose identities of the anonymous msg board posters. At least one msg board poster has informed me that he received notification yesterday that his account info was being requested under this subpeona.
How would they even get that information? The only possible way would be for yahoo to track the IP to the gateway on the internet providers network. And that doesn't have any personally identifiable information. I know for fact that someone tried to track me down on Wikipedia, but they couldn't. It could only be done with co-operation from the internet service provider.
Well, unless, of course, you actually gave Yahoo your real information when you signed up for your account...
I call BS on this story.
Does California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute apply here?
“The anti-SLAPP statute was enacted to allow for early dismissal of meritless first amendment cases aimed at chilling expression through costly, time-consuming litigation.”
No. The First Amendment guarantees no abridgement of our speech by GOVERNMENT. In the case where a corporation is petitioning a court to abridge the public speech of another PERSON (remember, corporations are considered "persons" now by law) to protect its trade secrets, there is no "First Amendment right" to defame or disclose. Compare with a "gag order" issued by a court following a lawsuit settlement, prohibiting either party in the settled suit from revealing the terms of the settlement. Somebody's speech is abridged, but it is not legally considered the act of the court (government), but of the settling parties (persons.)
Hi micro, Really?!! Thank you so much for posting this. I could certainly understand defamation based on the garbage that these clown(s) post here. But misappropriation of trade secrets? Can't imagine that is due to anything posted on these boards Interesting though. Is there a good website or some link I can use to read the suit? Apparently my google skills aren't good enough. Cheers.