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US billionaire Louis Bacon has won a court order telling Wikipedia and two other sites to reveal the names of commenters who allegedly defamed him. Photograph: Nick Harvey/WireImage A billionaire US hedge fund manager has been given the green light by ...View the article
A billionaire US hedge fund manager has been given the green light by the high court in London to force three websites – including Wikipedia – to disclose the identities of online commenters alleged to have defamed him.
Louis Bacon, the founder and chief executive officer of Moore Capital Management, was given permission on Monday to use a UK court order to obtain the information from the US publishers behind Wikipedia, the Denver Post newspaper, and the popular blogging platform WordPress.
Bacon wants to launch defamation proceedings against a number of online commenters – all of whom use sobriquets like "gotbacon" and "TCasey82" – alleged to have posted libellous material about him on these websites.
In the high court on Monday, Mr Justice Tugendhat granted Bacon's application to serve a court order – known as a Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO) – by email against these websites. However, legal experts have told the Guardian that the US-based companies could legally ignore or refuse to comply with the orders.
Proof that lawyers are willing to take a billionaraire's money to prosecute a lawsuit which is going to get him nowhere, and not even succeed in mildly bothering his targets. I AM SHOCKED.
Those lawyers are verging toward becoming unethical in their dealings.
Not only will Wikipedia ignore this 3 ways from Sunday, but it couldn't tell the plaintiff who the its editors were in RL, even if it decided not to ignore it.
He's probably spent enough on this stupid lawsuit to allow me to retire, and I could have told him he was flushing his money down the toilet, and not even getting harassment value out of it, in about 2 minutes.
I am concerned that the world is becoming unjust.
Also, that billionaires are not as smart as we all thought they are.
The sun is not shining today and it's overcast.
Who do I complain to, about this stuff?