As a result of some threatening letters I recently received from a lawyer representing a person who at present shall remain anonymous, I have spent some time recently focusing on the topic of censoring opinions expressed on weblogs or blogs.
When I received the first of these letters in very late October 2005, I was faced with the demand that I delete the post (which either the lawyer or his client found objectionable) that contained reference to his client and any other mention of his client from this blog or any other web site, including blocking this information by way of a google-like search on the internet. The second letter states that reference to the post in question can still be found via a Google search over which the owner of this site has absolutely no control. The second letter goes on to state â€œThis is the final request before legal proceedings are commenced to have [Lars Toomre] take all necessary steps to delete this reference from [Google] and any other internet website or link.â€ To be charitable, these are "interesting" demands and no doubt merit further research. Does anyone out in the blog sphere have suggestions on how to proceed from here?
Until my recent reading this past weekend, I did not realize that the issue of censorship and blogs has become a topic of interest to so many. More information on censorship of blogs can be found at the Media Bloggers Association website and under the dooced category of the personal web site www.dooce.com.
This is a really interesting topic and I suspect that I may be posting far more on this issue: attempted censorship of opinion as expressed on personal websites. Please feel free to add comments to this posting or trackbacks.