Vmyths Threatened By Angry Security Firm

from the go-away-or-I-shall-taunt-you-again dept

Long time Techdirt readers may have noticed that I almost never post anything having to do with virus warnings. I tend to think that most of them are incredibly overhyped by anti-virus software firms, and all this “crying wolf” isn’t helping real security issues. I’ve always been a big fan of Rob Rosenberger and his Vmyths website for cutting through all the virus overhype. Not surprisingly, though, many of the anti-virus firms aren’t thrilled with him. One, in particular, a company called mi2g, seems to have lost it when it comes to Rosenberger and is now threatening him with all sorts of lawsuits. The reasoning is a bit odd. Two of their complaints are that (1) search engines are often pointing to vmyths ahead of their own site and (2) that Rosenberger violated mi2g’s founder’s privacy by posting a photograph of its founder – which was from mi2g’s own press kit which they had sent him. I’d love to see the legal reasoning for charging that because Google returns one page over another that something illegal has been done.

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