Oct 8

Hats off to the bloggers at Boing Boing

Category: Uncategorized,

We wanted to commend the bloggers at Boing Boing for their principled stance against Ralph Lauren. Turns out they had re- posted a blog pointing to Photoshop Disaster. In it their was a re-touched image of a model that was so shockingly thin that someone had posted the comment, “Dude, her head’s bigger than her pelvis.”

In response RL had sent a letter threatening suit for copyright infringement.

The response to the letter from Boing Boing is classic:
“Copyright law doesn’t give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:

a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;

b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and

c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.”

The image and post can be found here

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  1. Michael C. Pickart, M.D., F.A.C.S. November 12th, 2009 2:25 pm

    Agree with you two. Can’t let the “Man” push around the little guys.

    Check out the judgement against the “Lifestyle lift” corporation:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/technology/internet/15lift.html?_r=2&hpw

    Apparently, the LL folks wrote glowing reviews about their own procedure all over the internet. If any blogger disparaged the “Lifestyle lift” (for any number of good reasons), the LL team would threaten those bloggers with lawsuits, etc.

    To bad for the LL Corporation that those false statements and threats are illegal. Their fine amounted to $300,000.

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