Columbia Business School Grad Goes to Court Over YouTube Comment

By Ben Fractenberg on August 18, 2010 9:16am 

A Columbia Business School grad is suing over comments made beneath a YouTube video she made for the school.
A Columbia Business School grad is suing over comments made beneath a YouTube video she made for the school.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A women filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court to reveal the identity of someone who posted a nasty comment about her on YouTube, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The recent Columbia Business School grad, Carla Franklin, claims an anonymous person called her a “whore” beneath a video she made for the school.

"People hide behind these shields and think they can just post anything," Franklin’s lawyer, David Fish, told the Daily News. "Hopefully, we can put a stop to this."

Google, which owns YouTube, turned over the name of a blogger last fall who called a model a “skank” and a “ho.”

Model Liskula Cohen successfully sued after she was called a "psychotic, lying, whoring . . . skank" on a blog labeled “Skanks in NYC.”

Google has not commented on whether they would follow a similar court order to reveal the identity of the poster in Franklin’s petition.

Franklin may have to file a lot more lawsuits as of Wednesday as one of her Columbia school videos still posted on YouTube is now filled with similar comments criticizing her legal actions.

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