Tough Competition To Claim The "Quickest to Act Like a Asshat Lawyer" Title

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12 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    This sounds like a job for Leonard J. Crabs!

    Ironically, failblog's reply would merit a FAIL entry if set alongside one of Lowtax's Leonard Crabs responses to inane takedown notices.

  2. David says:

    we might now all be riding cancer-free solar hovercars to a peaceful Gaza

    Nice

  3. Serge says:

    I would say that Ken here failed.

    The website layout of the screenshot posted is from a previous version of the site, deprecated long ago. Current GWR site layout is nothing like the one posted. The screenshot is too old to say that Failblog searched for it with that intent.

  4. Patrick says:

    In your struggle to quibble, you miss the entire point Serge. FAIL.

  5. Ken says:

    So, Serge, does that mean you believe FAILBLOG's depiction is not criticism, comment, or reporting within the meaning of the fair use doctrine?

    Also, how does the fact that this is a prior version of the website, rather than the current version, make it less of a fair use? It seems to me that strengthens, rather than weakens, the fair use argument under several of the elements of that doctrine.

    Oh, and hey, it looks as if the Brits call it "fair dealing," and also extends it to criticism and review and reporting. Fancy that.

  6. Eduardo says:

    Can't you sue for libel or defamation in England over just about anything, though? Like, say you take pictures of me making out with my mistress, then print said pictures and caption the pictures "Eduardo and Jennifer Connelly on a Steamy Trist in York." I'd sue you for defaming my good name, even though that was exactly what was happening. Doesn't that kind of thing fly in England?

    TELL ME MR. LAWYERS!

  7. Windypundit says:

    The original FAIL itself was only mildly amusing—either the site template puts that everywhere or the world record database has a flag set incorrectly for the terrorism record—but the legal response is lots of fun. Heck, maybe this will drive traffic to the Guinness site. I've certainly never visited them before.

  8. Sane Human Being says:

    Calm down Ken… I don't think Serge was saying an old version of the Guiness website was somehow less than fair use. He was just pointing out the old site design means Failblog probably just posted an old screenshot someone submitted, and didn't actively search for an embarassing record on their own (like you said they did).

    So yeah: Comprehension Fail.

  9. Ken says:

    Is that what he meant? I'm not sure how that makes it any less funny.

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