Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What's Google Upsidedown???

According to Dylan Stephen Jayne, it's his social security number. Kinda-a-bummer, if true. Dylan certainly thought it was a bummer, so he sue Google - for $5 Billion - for a civil rights violation pursuant to 42 USC s 1983. Dylan Stephen Jayne v Google Internet Search Engine Founders, No 3:07cv1677 (MDPA Sept 27, 2007).

The case was filed by Dylan on September 18. The court dismissed the action on September 27 on its own - it didnt even give Google the chance to respond!

A Sec. 1983 action is a civil rights action that protects us from the government doing bad things:
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity or other proper proceeding for redress . . . .
42 USC 1983. The problem here is that as big as Google is - it's not a state - it's not the government. So whatever "Google" spells upsidedown, there is no cause of action against Google as a state. Dylan has "failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted."

What's really cool? Dylan has managed to get his own Wikipedia page out of this. And Dylan has gotten a fair share of attention in the blogosphere. Stupid Man from Pennsylvania Sues Google for $5 Billion, Gizmodo.

And, er, ah, if anybody out there is wondering, Cybertelecom upsidedown spells "Jagr is a weenie!" and we are pretty sure that Cybertelecom is not a state actor either (So dont sue us Jaromir!).

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