The Cowardice of Anonymous Bloggers
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The Cowardice of Anonymous Bloggers

By Joseph N. Hosteny of Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro

Regular IP Today columnist Joseph N. Hosteny is an intellectual property litigation attorney with the Chicago law firm of Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro. A Registered Professional Engineer and former Assistant US Attorney, his articles have also appeared in Corporate Counsel Magazine, The Docket (American Corporate Counsel Association), American Medical News, Inventors’ Digest, Litigation Magazine and Assembly Engineering Magazine. Mr. Hosteny can be reached at (312) 236-0733, or by e-mail at, or by visiting his website at

Anonymity is a disguise -- often a repugnant one. For example, pictures of a teenaged girl killed in an automobile accident were posted anonymously by someone on the Internet. The photos were of her dead and mutilated body inside the car.

The Chicago Tribune announced on February 1 that it was shutting down the comment boards on its web site for all political news stories. See “Crossroads of Web, Credibility Full of Potholes,” by Timothy McNulty. The reason? Describing recent posted comments, McNulty said:

Those are the latest on the list of volatile topics -- including race, immigration and rape -- that bring out anonymous writers who are so nasty, obscene and racist...

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