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Some Port whine.

Rosemary Port is a blogger who anonymously called fashion model Liskula Cohen “a psychotic lying whore” and said the model should have “the first-place award for ‘Skankiest in NYC,” on Google’s blogger.com.

Cohen sought Port’s identity so she could pursue a defamation lawsuit, and Google was forced by court order to reveal Port’s name.

Now Port is saying she’s going to sue Google for failing to protect her privacy, saying in a statement she was “shocked that my right to privacy has been tampered with.”

“This has become a public spectacle and a circus that is not my doing,” Port told the New York Daily News.

“By going to the press, [the model] defamed herself.”

Interesting interpretation.

“Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me,” whined Port, who claimed in court that blogs are a “modern-day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting.”

Sadly, that’s all too true. But you can’t just make stuff up. You can’t call someone a “psychotic lying whore” without leaving yourself open to possible repercussions. You have to take responsibility for your words.

Port’s lawyer fell back on the time-honored argument that says the Founding Fathers wrote the Federalist Papers under pseudonyms. He’s also claiming the fashion model is defaming his client.

There’s no doubt the model’s pursuit of a defamation case increased media attention and public awareness of the incident about a zillion-fold. It’s similar to the recent story about the tenant who Twittered about an allegedly moldy apartment. The original Tweet was seen by a handful of people; the story about the lawsuit garnered worldwide attention.

And now the model has dropped the defamation suit, saying “It adds nothing to my life to hurt” Port.

But let’s follow Port’s thinking.

It’s OK for her to call someone all sorts of horrible names on her blog–but she’s horrified that her name is now out there in a negative light.

It’s fine for her to invade the model’s right to privacy by ripping on her on a blog called “Skanks in NYC”–but it’s an outrage that Google revealed her identity to the courts.

I don’t see Port winning her case against Google for complying with a court order. Besides, all Google users have to agree to a policy that says the company can share personal information if they’re required to do so by the courts, which is exactly what happened.

In the meantime, commenters on a number of sites are saying all sorts of nasty things about Port.

Anonymously, of course.

 
 
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