Web Sheriff's legal scare strategy: throw everything at the wall, hope something sticks - 2016-06-07

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F272.png Web Sheriff's legal scare strategy: throw everything at the wall, hope something sticks June 7, 2016, Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Web Sheriff has been retained by the mysterious celeb(s) at the center of the super injunction over an olive-oil threesome in a paddling pool, and as we learned, merely mentioning that such a thing exists is enough to lure them out of their caves and onto your doorstep, from which vantage they will endlessly pastebomb a series of legal threats, each more bizarre and incoherent than the last.

We got one of these notices, which was not only deceptive in that it implied that we were somehow violating the DMCA by writing about this stuff, but also unforgivably sloppy in that they managed to paste in the wrong URL, making their letter a threat over a post that had nothing to do with the issue they were worried about.

Mike Masnick at Techdirt got one too, and because he's got more intestinal fortitude than I do, he's undertaken the thankless task of dissecting it in all its glorious bullshittery. Reviewing Mike's post, I regret not doing this first, because, as Mike shows, the work of Web Sheriff is cthuhoid in its mind-melting dullness and incoherence.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Cory | last = Doctorow | title = Web Sheriff's legal scare strategy: throw everything at the wall, hope something sticks | url = https://boingboing.net/2016/06/07/web-sheriffs-legal-scare-str.html | work = Boing Boing | date = June 7, 2016 | accessdate = June 29, 2019 }}