Online Anonymity: Some Legal Issues

Commercial Law Practitioner, Vol. 11, p. 90, 2004

6 Pages Posted: 1 May 2009  

T. J. McIntyre

UCD Sutherland School of Law

Date Written: April, 30 2009

Abstract

Recent developments in online defamation and copyright infringement have led to increased interest in online anonymity. Plaintiffs now have to consider how they might go about identifying defendants known only by a pseudonym or possibly only a computer address. This article discusses the ways in which plaintiffs can seek assistance in identifying anonymous defendants, particularly in relation to compelling Internet Service Providers to reveal the identity of their subscribers.

Keywords: Internet, anonymity, anonymous, identification, defamation, libel, filesharing, pseudonym, Norwich Pharmacal

Suggested Citation

McIntyre, T. J., Online Anonymity: Some Legal Issues (April, 30 2009). Commercial Law Practitioner, Vol. 11, p. 90, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1397125

T. J. McIntyre (Contact Author)

UCD Sutherland School of Law ( email )

University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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