You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
October 1, 2009 8:08 PM Subscribe
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High court serves first injunction via Twitter.
British court served the notice against an unknown internet user, after ruling that the offending Twitter account, BlaneysBlarney, impersonated the Donal Blaney, owner of law firm Griffin Law, who has a blog in the same name. Called "Blaney's Blarney Order," it's named after the right-wing blogger who filed the complaint.
From Blaney's blog
Today is a great day for the overwhelming majority of well-meaning, decent people who use the internet and a bad day for bullies. It is, as I have said in the media, the day the scales of justice were tipped back in favour of innocent victims. I am proud that my firm, Griffin Law, has set precedent and made law today.
Blaney isn't the first person to take on rogue Twitter impersonators. Slate's Emily Bazelon has written on impersonation paranoia
, and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin
has tweeted on the problem
(if you just want to stalk and don't want to impersonate, you can go here
). UK law states that injunctions don't have to be served in person -- they can be delivered via fax or email as well. In this case, the twitter user will be notified the next time they log in. Read up on Twitter's impersonation policy
, plus handy guideline for what to do if you are served with an injunction in Britain