Craigslist Shuts Down Adult Services; Says It's Being Censored

from the without-a-lawsuit-too dept

Last month, we noted that the dangerously misguided media campaign against Craigslist's adult services section had ramped up, and it didn't take long for various state attorneys general to grandstand against the site with a press conference and "letter" sent to the site, demanding that the adult service section be shut down. This, despite the fact that previous grandstanding attempts had resulted in not one, but two separate settlements with various state AGs, and Craigslist had lived up to the terms of both settlements.

While some had threatened, no actual lawsuit had been filed against Craigslist for this section -- and for a damn good reason: Craigslist is, without a doubt, protected from liability due to Section 230. Furthermore, Craigslist seems to go out of its way to help law enforcement use the site as a tool to crack down on prostitution. Shutting that down won't stop the prostitution. It'll just drive it to sites that don't work as closely with law enforcement.

And that may now be happening. Late Friday, people started noticing that Craigslist had blocked the Adult Services section and replaced it with just a line that said boldly "censored."
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Craigslist is, indeed, making quite a statement here. They were pressured to shut down a section on no actual legal basis, in a manner that won't help anyone stop prostitution or exploitation of young women. All it does is give a few politically-minded state attorneys general a headline and a campaign bullet point, falsely claiming that they helped "fight prostitution."

In the meantime, people are pointing out that the ads from the adult services section are already migrating elsewhere on the site and there are lots of other sites ready to pick up the slack -- many of which have been much more explicit than anything on Craigslist ever was. Perhaps most ridiculous of all is that the Attorney General who has lead the grandstanding crusade against Craigslist, Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut still isn't happy, claiming that he's worried this is just a publicity stunt (which is kind of funny, seeing as pretty much everything Blumenthal has had to say about this case has been a publicity stunt.


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    Rekrul, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:11am

    Blumenthal is an asshole. When AT&T started offering their U-Verse service in Connecticut, in direct competition to established cable companies, he tried to shut them down.

     

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    halley (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:27am

    Agree with Rekrul above about what Blumenthal is... but U-Verse is only the tip of the iceberg. He's never met a podium that he didn't like. Attention whore to the extreme, and 'grandstanding' isn't even adequate to describe the least of his behaviors.

     

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    average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:31am

    Hey Mike, I'm still waiting for you to explain exactly how I "gleefully abuse a system for profit."

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100902/11385710880.shtml#c528

    You do realize that my considering a future career in IP litigation doesn't mean I am currently abusing a system for profit, right? It doesn't mean I'm going to in the future abuse a system for profit either.

    You outright lied and you know it. I deserve an apology. Are you man enough to admit your mistake? I doubt it.

     

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      Trails (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:38am

      PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

      DON'T FEED THE TROLLS.

      Sry for the all caps, just want to make the point. Thanks all.

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:15am

        Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

        So if Mike made up a lie about you and posted it, you'd be OK with that? And I could call you a troll for calling Mike out on it?

         

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          Berenerd (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:23am

          Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

          Actually, you can call me anything you want. See I know many things in this world, and one of those things is, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and most of them stink. You don't like his opinion of you? Oh well, guess what, its a free country.

          now go start your own blog and post what ever the hell you want on it, cause its your blog.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:35am

            Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

            He didn't state it as an opinion. He stated it as a fact. He said that I abuse a system for profit when I in fact do not.

            If you'd be OK with Mike lying about you, then good for you. I for one don't appreciate it.

             

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              AJ, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:47am

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              I think it's more than a little creepy that your hijacking the comments page of this article, in order to try to get Mike to apologize to you for something he said on the comments page of another article. Very TAM'ish.....

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:59am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                You are entitled to your opinion. I think it's creepy that Mike has to resort to lying about me.

                 

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              duffmeister (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:49am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

              If he stated it as fact can't you use the libel and slander laws to solve the problem? Or do you feel it won't hold up before a judge? It'd be great practice for your future as an exploiter of a broken system.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:59am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                I don't need the law. I just want Mike to admit that he lied. I wonder why he's so quiet?

                 

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                  duffmeister (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:10am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                  Is a statement of opinion a lie? I think you are a juvenile who was coddled into a sense on entitlement as a child. Does that mean I have to apologize? I don't think that'll ever happen. Just relax and realize the world is a big place and that a free exchange of ideas promotes freedoms and growth for all.

                   

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                    average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:17am

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                    Mike offered the statement as a fact, not an opinion. That makes him a liar and he knows it.

                    Let Mike defend himself. He's a big boy.

                     

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                      duffmeister (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:39am

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                      I assume her will at some point if he feels it is worth his time.

                      So a semantic difference of expression leads you to hijack a different thread? Also please link the offending article so i can see it in context, after all that is what makes the cases here. I'd like to see it for myself, as you have shown little restraint nor reason for me to take you at your word.

                       

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                      DS, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 12:43pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                      Here's a fact, you are acting like an asshole.

                       

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                      john, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 1:07pm

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                      I think you need a lesson about facts and opinions if you ever hope to become a lawyer of any kind. It takes more than grammar alone to tell fact from opinion. Context, for example, is very important, like posting something in the comments section of an opinion blog.

                      Besides, even your grammatical analysis is incorrect. It only works if you extrapolate that "people like you" specifically means IP attorneys. In fact, it could be read just as easily that "people like you" means anyone with views similar to yours.

                      Mike's not going to apologize, and he didn't lie. Did he insult you in a fairly immature way? Sure, but you have more that trumped his immaturity, so how about you call it a day?

                       

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              Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:01am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

              Can we please stop picking on the mentally challenge person, that is not cool.

               

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              john, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:18am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

              Grow up. Clearly, he has triggered your defense reflex, and your behavior makes you look far more immature and guilty than anything Mike could have said.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:00am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                How does my behavior show that I am currently in fact an abuser of a system for profit?

                 

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                  john, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 1:01pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                  I will not answer your question because it has no relation to my post. I will, however, answer the question of how your behavior shows what I said it shows.

                  1. IMMATURITY - Your behavior shows immaturity in that you interrupt an unrelated post with your rant, demanding an apology for someone else's opinion, and for what? Hurt feelings? If you are really concerned about setting the facts straight, you could solve it with one simple post in the relevant thread. Here, I'll take a quick stab at it for you:

                  "Actually, I don't currently work in that industry; I'm just investigating it. I think there are problems with the copyright system, and I intend to use my training to try to repair them, not profit from them. Your categorization of me is inaccurate and offensive."

                  There, problem solved. Instead, you break into an unrelated conversation, waving your virtual arms like a child and demanding an apology from someone who clearly isn't going to give it. Demanding an apology over and over does not show that you desire justice. Instead, it exposes that you have a childlike, self-centric need for attention and control, which leads you to believe that the reparation of your hurt feelings is more important than anything anyone else wants to talk about.

                  2. GUILTY CONSCIENCE: I did not say above that your behavior makes you guilty. I said that it makes you LOOK guilty. First, you make a public spectacle out of something that could have been solved simply and quietly, as shown above. Second, you continue to try to get the last word in on every single person who responded to you. Third, you evade questions about your previous stances, which appear support Mike's opinion. Fourth, you try divert attention back away from yourself when the comments hit too close to home by clinging to your standby phrase, "Let Mike defend himself." How about you go back to the original, offending post, and defend YOURself? Reply with a simple defense like I showed you above, and be done. If Mike wants to continue to press it, he can. My guess is, he'll let his opinion stand, and you can let your defense stand after it.

                   

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              Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:36am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

              Kabooze is that you?
              Have you got your nuts yet?

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:01am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                If you're talking to me, I have no idea what you're talking about. I've only used ID on this board. You should try creating an ID one day. No need to be such a "Coward."

                 

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          PaulT (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:39am

          Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

          I wouldn't call it a lie, more of a personal opinion (on an opinion blog, no less!).

          He stated his opinion of your profession, nothing more. Perhaps he did it in a rather confrontation and unfair way, but that's also opinion.

          You can offer your opinion of his profession if you wish, but at this point you are basically trolling this board because your feelings were hurt. Not a great reflection of the people working in your profession.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:03am

            Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

            It is not my profession. Mike is lying by indicating that it is. He's also lying by indicating that I represent all that is evil in that profession. He's wrong on both counts.

            And my feelings aren't hurt since the accusations are false. I just wonder why Mike can't man up and admit he lied.

             

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              RD, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:11am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

              "It is not my profession. Mike is lying by indicating that it is. "

              Not lying, opinion. As in, "if it walks like a duck..."

              "He's also lying by indicating that I represent all that is evil in that profession. "

              You do, with your viewpoint and absurd attacks. Still doesnt make it a lie, its an opinion. Your actions are LIKE THOSE who represent all that is evil etc. Just because someone (or thing) is similar to someone/thing else and someone else points that out doesnt necessarily make it a lie.

              "He's wrong on both counts."

              Maybe. I think the jury is still out on that one. Still doesnt make it lying unless he KNOWS for a FACT you are (or arent), which he cant, therefore its opinion. After all, YOU could be lying to make him SEEM like he is lying.
              And my feelings aren't hurt since the accusations are false. I just wonder why Mike can't man up and admit he lied.

              "And my feelings aren't hurt since the accusations are false."

              Now YOU are lying. All you have been doing all day is "waa waaa mommy! Mike made me butthurt with his mean wordlies! I cant take any criticism or opinions that are bad about me! waaaa." That is the very definition of hurt feelings.

              "I just wonder why Mike can't man up and admit he lied."

              See above. Opinions arent lies. If you want him to apologize for being a bad dirty meanie who butthurt your feelings, well then, all that does is make YOU look like the whiny little bitch that you are.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:16am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                Mike said that I am currently abusing a system for profit. I am not, and there is not reason to think that I am. He stated it as fact, not opinion. He knows he made it up, which makes it an intentional lie. Simple really.

                Why don't you guys let Mike defend himself?

                 

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                  DS, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 12:47pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                  Yes, and you have called people idiots and babies...

                  ...and last I checked, babies are not too good with using the internet.

                   

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                  RadialSkid, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 1:04pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PRE-EMPTIVE ALERT:

                  Actually he said people LIKE you are abusing the system for profit. And they are.

                   

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      average_AC, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:08am

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      For a layperson "considering a future career in IP litigation" and "abuse a system for profit" seem rather similar.

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:17am

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        Mike said that I am currently abusing a system for profit.
        Considering a future career in IP litigation does not mean I am right now abusing a system for profit. That much is incredibly obvious. Mike is lying to try to discredit me.

         

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          Berenerd (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:26am

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          I don't think he discredited you at all. He simply stated he hated people like you. Your standing has not changed because of what Mike said. You did it on your own but trying to come to a different post and spam the rest of us over your temper tantrum. go back to bed little boy. You need a nap.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:34am

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            He said he hates people like me who abuse a system for profit. This indicates that I am abusing a system for profit, which I am not.

            It's like if I said I hate people like Mike who rape little children. This means that I am saying that Mike rapes little children.

            I got a good night's rest last night. Don't worry about me.

            Why don't you let Mike defend himself. He's a big boy.

             

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              Jay (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:58am

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              You should be too. Why do you need his apology if you want to be a copyright lawyer?

              Get off your cross, make a bridge, get over it.

              Unless you have something to say about the article, it's poor form to come in here just because copyright litigation happens to be a successful (if unnecessary) business form.

              This article is supposed to be about Craigslist, not how average_joe can't take criticism of any kind.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:06am

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                I don't need his apology. I just think it's sad he won't admit he lied.

                I was only going to make one post off-topic. The rest of my posts have been in response to responses to that post, like yours.

                It is bad form, admittedly, but so is intentionally lying about people like Mike did.

                Why doesn't he defend himself or apologize? Hmmm.

                 

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                  Modplan (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:19am

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                  When you try to get someone's attention, do you repeatedly poke them in the arm every 3 seconds if they don't reply immediately?

                   

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                    RD, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:27am

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                    "When you try to get someone's attention, do you repeatedly poke them in the arm every 3 seconds if they don't reply immediately?"

                    Well, you do if you are an immature abuser who has a victim complex and routinely runs around crying "waa! waa! mommy! make them stop butthurting me with their mean words! waaa!"

                    People like that have massive self esteem issues that need constant reinforcement, so yes, a person like that would just poke and pick CONSTANTLY, whining like a little baby, until they get the attention they need to take care of their huge personality problems.

                     

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              btrussell (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 6:32pm

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              There are lots of people like Mike. Some of them may rape little children. You said you hate the ones like him who do so. Does not mean you hate him, or the ones like him who do not rape children. Nor does it say that he rapes children.

              You are not going to like being a lawyer. No fun when you always lose.

               

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          btrussell (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 6:24pm

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          You discredit yourself.
          You are a hypocrite.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:11am

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      Still using a copyright infringing avatar, eh?

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:17am

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        Prove that it is copyrighted. You cannot.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:25am

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          Prove that it isn't. That's how copyright law works these days.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:32am

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            Actually, the plaintiff would have to show that they own the copyright in the work and that the work was infringed before the defense would present their side.

            This is beside the point though. I just wonder if Mike can admit he lied about me.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:43am

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              Oh, sorry, I thought we were all just trolling completely unrelated posts with irrelevant discussions.

               

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              nonanonymous, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:13am

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              I just wonder if Mike can admit he lied about me.

              For all we know, there are a dozen people using your screen name, so there is no "you" to be talking about. Unless, you would like to reveal your real name with enough identifiers to prove to us that you are who you say you are and not just some random troll working at call center.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:06am

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                Nice misdirection, but no dice. Mike lied and he knows it.

                 

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                  nonanonymous, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 11:45am

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                  There is no misdirection, seeing how you are lying about who you are and what you do to claim that you are being lied about. Little attention troll whore :)

                   

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              john, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:24am

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              Actually, there would be no plaintiff. The rights holder would simply send you a letter demanding several thousand dollars of payment for the illegal use of their work in your avatar in exchange for them not filing a lawsuit.

              Your options would be to pay up, or to spend even more money on one of your buddies (IP attorneys) to try to save your ass with a fair use defense. Then you'd have to hope to hell that the jury doesn't buy into blatant lies stated by the prosecution's "expert witness," who will get by with lying by saying that she "spoke incorrectly."

              Sounds like fun. Keep using that image for your avatar.

               

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                martyburns (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:01am

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                Good work. Seems to have shut him up.

                 

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                  average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:09am

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                  Nope. I actually logged off and read two opinions on copyright law as part of my pleasure reading. Sega v. Accolade, and Lasercomb v. Reynolds. I like to learn stuff when I'm not busy learning stuff. You should try it.

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:44am

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                    You know, you're really getting too predictable. Every time someone points out the flaws in your logic, you respond with some non sequitor and pretend you don't care anymore.

                     

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:08am

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                Ummm. Whatever.

                 

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                  The Infamous Joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:28am

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                  Ummm. Whatever.

                  At least we can all rest assured that although you are considering entering into the IP law field, you lack any of the appropriate skills to become a lawyer, as is evident with that eloquent rebuttal, your tween-like temper tantrum, and your severe lack of critical thinking. So, really, we have nothing to worry about.

                   

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                  john, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 12:32pm

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                  Wow. Stinging. With a counter-argument like that, it's obvious you must be right...

                  In all seriousness, my last post was NOT a joke. It is, in fact, EXACTLY the process used by rights-holders today. Is it likely that they will bother to go after your avatar? No, probably not, unless they want to silence you so that you can no longer continue to undermine the credibility of their arguments, even as you attempt to support them. But if they did, it's perfectly plausible that they will use the process I outlined.

                   

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              btrussell (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 6:36pm

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              In copyright, you need to prove your innocence. You have been accused of infringement, you are guilty until proven innocent.

               

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          DS, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 12:53pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          http://www.teesforall.com/Dodgeball_Average_Joes_Gym_Yellow_Tshirt-p-2027.html

          "Officially licensed Dodgeball Average Joe's Gym Yellow T-shirt. Features red Average Joe's logo design on the front. 100% cotton."

          Whoops.

           

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      ababa, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:15am

      Re:

      If someone finds a system that is broken, such as current US copyright law, and then rather than reforming the system, they are happy to simply profit off of it, I regard that as abusing the system for profit.

      I think that everyone who is gleefully abusing systems doesn't think they are doing anything wrong. The system exists and they are simply happy to profit from the brokenness of the system.

      For instance, I have a wealthy friend. His house was 50k underwater. He could make the payments easily. So he bought a bigger house in the same neighborhood (housing values are down quite a bit), then he bought two cars, then he informed the bank he wasn't paying on his old house anymore. They could eat it. That's gleefully abusing the system. The credit score hit only lasts 7 years. He still gets his new house and cars. He got everything he wants with his good credit, and then lets the bank suffer. So housing values fall and he benefits. He's happy, the bank isn't. Gleeful abuse of the system.

      He's my friend, by the way, this isn't murder, just capitalism.

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:19am

        Re: Re:

        I agree that the system needs reform. That has nothing to do with the fact that Mike intentionally lied about me.

         

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          PaulT (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:02am

          Re: Re: Re:

          So, you admit that you profit from a broken system, but you take objection to the idea that's doing so is abusing said system?

          Semantics, I suppose. Exploiting the system would probably a be better choice of phrase, but again: Mike offered his opinion on a website that's dedicated to offering opinion.

          As others have suggested, any damage done to your reputation has been done by your childish reaction to this, not Mike's original statement.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:13am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I have never profited from a system, nor am I currently profiting from a system. I have no idea what you are talking about. It's not opinion to state as fact that I currently abuse a system for profit. Mike lied when he did so, and he lied intentionally.

            Personally, I think it reflects rather poorly on Mike that he has to lie about me in the first place, and when he's called out on the lie, he's not man enough to defend himself or admit it.

            Think about me what you like. That's your right.

             

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:36am

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      Jesus fucking CHRIST, shut the fuck up! At least stay relevant, you little turd!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:49am

      Re:

      You do realize that making a big deal out of this is making you look like a moron don't you? That is a hell lot worse than what anyone might have claimed about you. And the worst part (for you) is that you are bringing it on yourself.

      Grow up man.

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:14am

        Re: Re:

        That is your opinion and you are welcome to it.

        I wonder why Mike is so quiet. Can't he defend himself or apologize? Sad really.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:51am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Apologize to who? average_joe is just a pointer. To me, it makes no sense to apologize to a pointer because I have no idea where it is pointing to. What if it points to an unallocated area? I am glad mike has some sense not to cause a segfault. It's painful when that happens.

           

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      Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:37am

      Re: Future TAM

      Mike's comment from the linked article -
      You are in law school, studying how to use copyright law to your advantage. So you want this sort of abusive situation to continue such that you can profit from it.

      I didn't read anywhere that he said you were currently abusing the system. He only stated that you are currently studying how to abuse the system.

      Second note. There was once a troll with the handle The Anti-Mike, now everyone calls him TAM. After this lengthy display I believe your handle will be reduced to a_j and become synonymous with trolls who make continued, illogical arguments defending IP.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:43am

      Re:

      Thumbing through this it seems you have vehemently fought against the tag of being a "Troll"

      But all you have done is proven you are just another person with access to the internet. Why would anyone apologize to a faceless voice on the internet? Many of us are just amused at this point. So if you are doing this for the lulz... congrats! well done sir.

      If you aren't doing this for the lulz you really should calm down, step back, come back later and see what you have accomplished. This community is mostly made of people who are amused with "troll" behavior of many kinds and those that aren't are so enamored with the authors here you are falling on deaf ears.

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:46am

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      Joe, I'm traveling and at a conference. I am online only for short times during the day and I am not reading the comments, except that your comment got flagged for being extra abusive. I warned you in the past not to post demands of me. You are not my boss, and I do not like the fact that you are hijacking a thread. Do it again and I will ban you from posting on the site. I don't take that action lightly, but you are seriously pushing the limits here.

      I have no problem with you disagreeing with me or expressing your opinion or calling me names. That's fine. But you are hijacking a thread on an important topic, getting everyone to discuss your personal issues, because your feelings got hurt. That, I will not stand for. However, I will not ban you yet, but will just give you this warning. Do it once more and you're banned. Got it?

      As for the comment, I did not lie. You have said that you are planning a career in copyright litigation and that you support these types of actions that are a clear abuse of the law for profit. The "gleeful" part is an opinion based on the way you discuss these lawsuits as if they're some game. I find that sickening.

      Please do not respond to this comment in this thread. If you wish to discuss it in an APPROPRIATE place, feel free. If you post on this topic again in this thread, I will deactivate your account. Do not even acknowledge this comment in this thread.

       

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        average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 11:27am

        Re: Re:

        Mike,

        Thanks for the response. You answered me in this thread, so this is where I'm responding.

        You said that you hate people like me who gleefully abuse a system for profit.

        This clearly indicates that you are saying that I in fact abuse a system for profit.

        I do not, and you know it. That makes it a lie.

        Now you are saying that I support such a system, but that is different than what you said previously.

        I'm sorry you can't admit that you lied. That seems really sad to me.

        I'm sorry you feel like you need to banish me for calling you out on a lie. That seems really sad to me as well.

        Can't you admit that in fact I do not abuse a system for profit? It's not that hard to admit a mistake.

        I won't post about this again unless it's to answer a post of yours. That seems fair to me.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 12:51pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Oh look, now you blatantly lied. Fun, but not surprising.

          Let's compare:

          "I'm sorry you feel like you need to banish me for calling you out on a lie."

          "You are not my boss, and I do not like the fact that you are hijacking a thread. Do it again and I will ban you from posting on the site."

          Quick, let's make another 60 or so posts demanding that you apologize.

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:02pm

        Re: Re:

        why don't you just admit that you made a mistake? its obvious that joe is right and you are trying to weasel out of it by saying you meant that he 'supports' such people. you said he is such a person. just admit it and call it a day. threatening to ban him for pointing out your mistake makes you as bad as the people you are often critical of. suck it up, admit you were wrong, and move on. i use to respect you mike but this is stupid, really stupid.

         

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    PaulT (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:32am

    "the ads from the adult services section are already migrating elsewhere on the site and there are lots of other sites ready to pick up the slack"

    Well... durr. This is what happens when you shut down a visible target like that. Instead of everyone assembling in the same place where they can be tracked or avoided, they disperse or go underground.

    Of course, this has the additional affects of making the sex ads more visible to people who might be offended and/or minors, and less easy for law enforcement to monitor and investigate. Bravo, Blumenthal et al., you morons.

     

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    V, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 7:43am

    And so it starts...

    Let's ban free speech first... in small ways that seem at first, to be for the greater good.

    Next, I'm sure they'll want to burn books... for the greater good, you know... because the books present ideas that the people (read: establishment) don't care for.

    And then, of course... the actual PEOPLE with the ideas will be rounded up... perhaps put into camps, where their ideas will not spread. But, of course the cost of the camps will grow prohibitive... and then... well... I believe we all know what comes next.

    Such a tried and true system, good to know that politicians know their history.

    V.

     

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    MAtt, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:00am

    old Blumy...

    Don't expect him to let this one go without more grandstanding as he is looking to be the next CT governor (and it looks like he will win).

     

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      Rick, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:12am

      Re: old Blumy...

      Just a quick correction, he's running for the Senate seat left by Chris Dodd against former WWE CEO Linda McMahon.

       

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        MAtt, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 2:46pm

        Re: Re: old Blumy...

        That's right, the other mud-slinging fest is the gubernatorial race. Both races have had really good-but-dirty attacks, though I'm still not sure what any of the candidates plan to do. "Crotch-kicker" vs. "Ego trip" and "Business destroyer" vs. ? (I can't remember why Malloy is bad).

        Blumenthal seems more suited to governing because it plays to his ego. I think he'll be a little fish in a big pond in the senate.

        Eh, whether him or McMahon it is just another non-thinking, party line vote. We should just send to random votes to the senate so no one will ever know which way the votes will go, and they can never be bought. In fact, let all bills be passed or shot down by the flip of a coin. It couldn't be any worse, right?

         

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    interval (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:03am

    These people

    They act like all criminal behavior will stop when Craigslist stops their advertising, Idiotic.

     

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    iamtheky (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 8:58am

    Delusions of Grandeur much?

    Joe does indeed inflict physical and emotional abuse on the comment system, for the profit of ego.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:00am

    That is your impression, a court of law would disagree with you.

    Do the research and see what you find troll.

     

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    Garrett, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:20am

    Its about time! Shame on Craigslist!

    I mean, prostitution didn't exist before Craigslist, right?

     

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    Ryan Diederich, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:21am

    Joe, man up

    The good people of CT should realize what Blumenthal is doing. Hopefully with all this internet and news we have now-adays, they will.

    Joe on the other hand, is a baby. A broken-system-abusing-baby.

    I hope that the law changes just as you are done with your schooling and training. It would make me chuckle.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:22am

    Can an otherwise anonymous blog avatar sue for libel or slander?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:24am

    I'll go ahead and say it. I think you are gleefully abusing this blog for attention.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:57am

    Did you get a look at these AG's? The 17 and only 17 even look like right-wing holy-roller Christians and they wear their uniform proudly. They are definitely the minority. Rather than have to pay for a defense Craigslist buckled. I don't blame them. Why become fodder for a minority with a big voice that everyone ignores.
    Of course If they'd have come after me I would of said bring it on in a highly publicized trial that any Judge in Oregon (where I live) would gladly force them to move the trial(s) to my home since there are so many of them. I will take a jury of my peers in Oregon any day against those assholes. Then after I win I would sue them personally each and every one of them. It has been proven many times that the AG's operate independently of their state government and were only elected because they bullshitted people about their true intentions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 9:58am

    I wish they would have made the "Censored" box link to a static page explaining what is going on. Most people probably aren't in the know, and this probably don't fix too much of that...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:06am

    I see what is going on here.

    It's a "if you can't see it (the prostitution), it doesn't exist" approach to the problem. Too bad this move will only move it further underground and make it harder to locate and exterminate.

     

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    average_joe, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:09am

    im a douche

    seriously.

     

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    average_ioe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:27am

    Lies about Joe

    This whole account is about to be lies about Joe, drawing attention to yourself should prove to be fun.

     

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    average_ioe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 10:53am

    i accept your apology

    :)

     

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    average_ioe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 11:27am

    oh noes!? please anything but reported.

    Does trolling a troll really cause it to log out?

     

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    RD, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 11:37am

    buh-BYE!

    Buh BYE asshole. It's been nice knowing you (not). Your inability to a) accept an explanation, b) admit defeat, and c) play by the rules means YOU caused this, so no creating a 2nd account and coming back and whining about how "unfair" you have been treated. You may not like it, it might not even be right, but you had your chance and from that point on, YOU blew it. So remember, you had it in your hand and didnt take the high road. All YOUR fault now.

    Good luck with the lawyer career. I hear judges are really receptive to whiny mommy-bitches who complain incessantly about how "unfair" things are, and continually harp on the judgments and insist that they are right even in the face being told directly to STFU and stop talking about it.

    You'll go far, I predict you will pass the bar (several times a week, they call it a disease) and become a first class litigator (in some backwater in BFE where they dont bother to check the credentials).

     

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    average_ioe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 11:42am

    Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

    The Original Quote:

    "people like you who gleefully abuse a system for profit disgust me."

    Mikes response:

    "As for the comment, I did not lie. You have said that you are planning a career in copyright litigation and that you support these types of actions that are a clear abuse of the law for profit."

    --however the comment does not say "people like you who support the abuse of a system for profit" or "people like who you who are training to abuse a system for profit" - therefore it is technically incorrect - therefore not true.

     

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      Karl (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 2:53pm

      Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

      Joe? Sweetums? Perhaps you should take a breath and calm down.

      Mike's statement was in fact a combination of two concepts:

      "people like you"

      "people who gleefully abuse a system for profit"

      He didn't say you abuse a system for profit. He said people abuse a system for profit, and those people are like you.

      Sure, there's some wiggle room for interpretation. But in a previous sentence, he made it absolutely clear that you are a law student, not a lawyer, and students (like anyone else who is not directly involved in the legal system) cannot "abuse" that system.

      They can, however, cheer on those who do, which you did - gleefully. That gleeful, gloating tone is what disgusted him, and he's not alone in that opinion.

      So, you may ask for his apology for being disgusted by you. But calling him a "liar" is just wrong, and frankly pretty stupid, especially when you hijack an unrelated thread to do it.

      Oh, well. You and I had our differences, but I held my nose and discussed issues with you because I have less knowledge of the law, and I knew you could point me in hithero-unknown directions.

      Alas, those halcyon days are behind us, since he's going to ban you for being an ass. So, enjoy your life. Maybe go have a slice of cake. Cake is delicious.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 3:47pm

        Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

        you realize you are responding to an impostor

        average_ioe

        note the i instead of a j

         

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          Karl (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 4:26pm

          Re: Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

          I'm pretty sure he just got banned and signed up under a new name.

          I'm guessing an IP ban is next.

           

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            average_joe (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 4:36pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

            It's not me, Karl. I don't know who is pretending to be me.

            (I hope I don't get banned for pointing out that it's an impostor. I shouldn't have to sit by and watch people pretend to be me.)

             

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              nonanonymous, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 5:30pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

              It's easy to pretend to be you, we just have to lie about ourselves just like you do, and voila! We are also average joe-schmoe-trolls!

               

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              Karl (profile), Sep 8th, 2010 @ 5:19am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

              It's not me, Karl.

              Ah, so you're not banned. Good for you.

              I'll be more careful next time.

               

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                average_joe (profile), Sep 8th, 2010 @ 5:32am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Im still a douche, but somewhat correct

                Just two days ago you told me you doubt everything without proof... and then you just assumed the impostor was me. LOL!

                 

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    Karl (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 3:01pm

    Craigslist

    Back on topic:

    I really do hope the Adult Services section isn't shut down permanently. It was ten times funnier than anything on television.

    (I almost wrote "TV" instead of "television," but that has an entirely different meaning on Craigslist.)

    I guess I'll just have to go back to reading the Tonya Harding Website Fantasy Area.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 3:07pm

    Stop picking on the mentally disabled, this is not cool people, have a heart :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2010 @ 3:37pm

    Oh Crap

    How am I going to find TAM's mom now?

     

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    Karl (profile), Sep 7th, 2010 @ 4:31pm

    Conan

    Craigslist has shut down their adult services section. Looks like the "used futon for sale" ads are about to get a lot more interesting.

    - Conan O'Brien (via Twitter)

     

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