(CBS) A New York court Tuesday sided with a model attempting to unmask an anonymous blogger she accuses of cyberbullying.
Canadian-born model Liskula Cohen claims that in August 2008, a site called "Skanks in NYC" featured on Blogger.com, Google's blogging service, published pictures of Cohen with words such as "psychotic" and "ho" as captions.
Cohen, a former Vogue cover girl, first filed her suit in January of this year.
"The ruling is limited to New York State and it doesn’t look like it will be appealed so it will remain for the time being as authority over a City renown for lots of loose talk about celebrities. But this ruling does not apply to California, to Hollywood, or anywhere else these sorts of online comments could appear," CBS News chief legal analyst Andrew Cohen writes.
Steven Wagner, Liskula Cohen's attorney,told CNN that Google complied with the ruling Tuesday evening, and gave him the blogger's IP address and e-mail address.
Wagner said he suspected the creator of the blog is an acquaintance of Cohen, CNN reported.
EXCLUSIVE: Model Liskula Cohen Wins Court Battle with Google to Learn Blogger's Identity
Anonymous Blogger Called Cohen a 'Skank' and a 'Ho'
She had graced the cover of Vogue and found success as a model. But Liskula Cohen's latest achievement came in the courtroom.
Horrified by the hateful words of an anonymous blogger, Cohen took Google to court in hopes of forcing the company to reveal the writer's identity -- and won.
"Why should anybody let it go? If somebody attacks somebody on the street, you're not going to let it go … why should I just ignore it?" Cohen told "Good Morning America" exclusively today. "I couldn't find one reason to ignore it."
GO HERE to see more, (including video) on ABC.
Editors Note: I think it's important many of you watch the video. It's also very important that everyone understand that these articles are based on "ANONYMOUS" comments or posts.
Bloggers like JT who posts anonymously and attacks individuals could be the recipient of multiple lawsuits at this point. This is also the case for those Anti Albero Bloggers who thought they could say anything they wanted against me, my Wife, our Children and our Grandson.
I have always posted articles under my name as well as comments. Being fictitious and or anonymous may not save you from a future lawsuit if you choose to attack someone. Mind you, this decision is in the state of New York but could quickly gain the attention of local Judges, considering how some Bloggers hide behind those fictitious names.
I would strongly suggest Mr. Devanins, (Warden of the Wicomico Detention Center suing me for $150,000.00) contact Google and see if he can have the same kind of LUCK with the anonymous commenter who he claims defamed him, rather than attempting to sue me personally. Kinda screws up your whole game plan now, doesn't it Warden. Oh, that's right, I have the fatter wallet so he'll sue me anyway. It is all about the MONEY, (not justice) isn't it Mr. Devanins? I mean, you wouldn't want to go after the person who actually defamed you, would you? Time will tell.
On the other side, many will claim this is a violation of an individuals First Amendment Right. This IS a touchy subject, one in which I hope comments will resolve through good, healthy debate. I will say this however. Writing a Post and or commenting under a fictitious name and or anonymously while defaming a public figure is against the law. This is the main reason why no one has been, (or will be) successful in suing me. I always use my name as this is my First Amendment Right.
In the end, ALL of you need to be more responsible and could be held accountable when YOU go after someone and defame them. On one hand I like the ruling in the sense that it may call out certain individuals, even Department Heads who think they can get away with attacking someone with private information. On the other hand, it could slow down comments. Now, is that a bad thing, I don't think so. Just don't personally attack someone and you're safe.
This Post should get a LOT of comments. Remember, I will NOT publish a comment that spells out the JT name or what he goes by on his Blog. If you want to use JT, that's fine.