Evel Kneivel Sues AOL For Allowing People To Find Disputed Kanye West Video
from the misplaced-blame-again dept
The lawsuit claims that once AOL was informed of this, they put a stop to this, but as Steve Bryant notes in the article above a search on the site still turns up the video. Either way, though, this seems like a misplaced lawsuit. AOL didn't upload the video, and unlike other sites, they're not even hosting it. It's just that their video search engine happens to be the one that someone used to tell Knievel that the video was online. Bryant also raises questions about whether or not success against West in the lawsuit would allow Knievel to go after all the other video search and video hosting sites that likely have the video, noting how impossible that task would be. No matter how pointless the overall effort is, suing a search engine for helping you find a video you think infringes on your rights is going too far and shows a complete lack of understanding of how the internet works. Of course, AOL has gone through this before. A few years back there was the famous lawsuit that author Harlan Ellison fought against AOL for Usenet postings of one of his stories. The stories were posted to Usenet, which has nothing to do with AOL, but he sued AOL because that's how he got to Usenet. In that case, they ended up paying off Ellison, so maybe that's set a precedent for what people can expect when they file bogus lawsuits against AOL for merely allowing people to access potentially infringing content.