EFF handled this leading case with the ACLU of Washington State. In it a federal district court in the Eastern District of Washington held that the identities of 23 participants in an Infospace chatroom were protected from disclosure. The case contained a strong endorsement of the right to anonymous speech online and set out a rigorous test for releasing the identities of John Does who were witnesses rather than defendants. The test asks:
Was the subpoena brought in good faith?
Does the information relate to a core claim or defense?
Is the identifying information directly and materially relevant to that claim or defense?
For Immediate Release -- Apr. 20, 2001 Contact:
Lauren Gelman, Public Policy Dir. firstname.lastname@example.org +1 202 487-0420
Seattle -- In a precedent-setting ruling on free speech in cyberspace, a federal court in Seattle yesterday upheld the right to speak anonymously on the Internet. U.S....
For Immediate Release Contact:
Cindy Cohn Director of Legal Services Electronic Frontier Foundation (415)436-9333 x 108
Doug Honig ACLU (206)624-2184
Seattle- In a case involving free speech and privacy rights online, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier...