State Of Alaska Threatens CrackHo After Confusing Redirect With Hijacking…
from the why-lawyers-should-have-some-tech-knowlege dept
It’s always bad news when the technically illiterate start filing lawsuits over technology issues. A few folks have sent in the news that the state of Alaska, under Sarah Palin’s governorship, has (we’re not making this up) sent a cease and desist letter to the website CrackHo.com supposedly for hijacking a page from the state’s website and using the official seal of Alaska without permission — which the state claims violates both state laws (fines up to $500 or six months in prison) and federal copyright laws.
So what did the site CrackHo.com do to deserve this? Well, it simply redirected anyone who went to Crackho.com to Sarah Palin’s website on the state webpage. Yes. A simple redirect. And the state claims that this is hijacking the website, a misuse of the seal of the state and a violation of federal copyright laws. Based on that logic, with a few simple magic tricks, I’ve just made TinyUrl, Bitly and Is.gd guilty of the same things.
I mean… I’m sure the lawyers working for the state of Alaska have some free time on their hands right now… but… seriously? Did no one bother to actually investigate what they were threatening?