Friday, November 13, 2009

Two German Killers Demanding Anonymity Sue Wikipedia’s Parent - NYTimes.com

Another fascinating sign of the times

Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber became infamous for killing a German actor in 1990. Now they are suing to force Wikipedia to forget them.

The legal fight pits German privacy law against the American First Amendment. German courts allow the suppression of a criminal’s name in news accounts once he has paid his debt to society, noted Alexander H. Stopp, the lawyer for the two men, who are now out of prison.

(This instance seems a bit recursive, somehow…)

Two German Killers Demanding Anonymity Sue Wikipedia’s Parent - NYTimes.com

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