Rosemary Port Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against Google

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 By

Rosemary Port says her privacy was violated

Rosemary Port

Rosemary Port

Rosemary Port, the blogger behind “Skanks in NYC,” is suing the biggest company in the world. OK, so I don’t really know if Google is the biggest company in the world, but I am assuming it is.

In any case, Google revealed Rosemary Port’s identity last week after a judge ordered them to. Now Rosemary Port is suing Google for $15 million. Of course, Google isn’t going to need credit repair or anything if Rosemary Port wins her suit — that amount of money is pocket change to them.

Technically Incorrect reports:

Last week, a judge ordered Google to reveal the name of a blogger who may have defamed Vogue model Liskula Cohen. Now Rosemary Port, whose “Skanks in NYC” blog suggested Cohen was a “skank” … among other potentially negative descriptions, is now turning a little of her “frank in NYC” wrath on Google.

You may be moved a little by Port’s logic. Firstly, she told the New York Daily News that it was Cohen who caused all the fuss: “Before her suit, there were probably two hits on my Web site: One from me looking at it, and one from her looking at it (…) That was before it became a spectacle. I feel my right to privacy has been violated.”

Who is Rosemary Port?

Rosemary Port is a 29-year old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She used to have a blog hosted on Google’s Blogger, which is where she posted mean stuff about Cohen. When Cohen saw it she flipped and demanded that Google reveal the identity of the person behind the comments. Now Rosemary Port is counter-suing. Technically incorrect reports:

“When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected,” Rosemary Port told the News.
However, once the judge made her order, things changed. “I would think that a multibillion dollar conglomerate would protect the rights of all its users,” said Port. Her attorney, Salvatore Strazzullo, told the Daily News that Google “breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity.”

The cause of the fight

Technically Incorrect says the reason these two women had a falling out was because Cohen said some not-so-nice things about Rosemary Port to her ex-boyfriend. So, naturally, Rosemary Port took to the Internet, the modern-day playground which allows for passive aggressive revenge and anonymity – or so we thought.

People are learning new lessons every day about exactly how not anonymous they are on the Internet. There are so many different ways of discovering someone’s identity on the Internet that it is best to always assume that you might as well post your full name and a photo of yourself with everything you put on this gigantic, public forum. If someone really wants to find out who you are because of something you posted on the Internet, they will likely be able to find out somehow.

Of course, the question here is whether the judge had the right to order that Google reveal the identity or not. Probably the judge just thought the whole situation was so petty and silly that it would go away, but this case has the potential to actually change laws and set precedent on an issue that will no doubt come up again.

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  1. Louster says:

    I just wanna say Liskula, only wanted the identity of the blogger because years previous she was attacked and stabbed in the face by a man at a night club. And the man got out of prison a month before the blog was posted, she was just scared. So don't judge.

  2. Ho-Hum says:

    Actually, Cris, it is a RIGHT. But it does have limits. Port is just looking for some publicity and she is getting it. She will not previal in this lawsuit but she will get her name in the press. Who said "There is no such thing as bad publicity?" Mark your calendars for a year from now and see if you can find Rosemary Port. She will be a distant and bad memory, if she is remembered at all.

  3. Brooke says:

    HOW DISCUSTING! Rosemary Port is a disgrace, and should be no more than utterly embarrassed by her actions. HOW DARE her speak of someone in this childish manner! SHE DESERVES every slander that comes her way, ovblously she can't handle it in the classy way that Cohen could. She wont ever win this fight and should be forever embarrassed for her actions! How pathetic is this little girl!

  4. Cris says:

    In response to Anonymous, Liskula was informed of the blogs by someone who was going to hire her. Read about the whole situation before you comment. I am sure ignorance for you is bliss, another reason you didn’t leave your name just like Rosemary Port. If something is being said about you that can possibly affect your livelihood, then you have every right to find out who is doing it and to stop them. If you have something important to say, then put your name and face on to it. Otherwise don’t speak unless spoken to. REMEMBER FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Okay, now hold up here.

    First off, you attack her as a childish little brat.

    Should she sue you for that? I think not. I think she would brush it off.

    Liskula Cohen, after three petty words, fell into a temper tantrum and sued over a STUPID BLOG.

    What if I say "Perez Hilton" is retarded? Will he come after me?

    If anything, I think Liskanka Cohen is the one to blame here. In reality, nobody would go into emotional distress if some unknown blogger said something about them.

    I think Rosemary Port can say whatever she likes on her blog, after all, it's HER blog and HER thoughts, and HER right to say what she wants.

    If you were revealed to Rosemary Port for saying she is a childish little brat, would you not be upset?

    While I agree $15 million is an enormous sum, I will not say she is not incorrect in trying to get a consolation for what happened to her.

  6. Franrose says:

    This is all just a kid's game gone bad. First off, Rosemary Port is like a childish little brat who throw fits when she isn't given what she wants. Personally, I don't like people who hide behind their little monitors and spill their revolting tantrums. Funny thing is when they're confronted by others they suddenly have a change of heart or have some big excuse ready to go. That's one of the few reasons why I like Perez Hilton. He puts a face to his words. Although I generally don't agree with anything he has to say, I like the fact he's real. Again, this is all just a kid's game gone bad.

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