Best Buy Repeats Past Attempts At Unfairly Forcing Black Friday Prices Off The Web

from the cease-and-desist-just-for-the-hell-of-it dept

Back in 2002, we had a story about Wal-Mart forcing the site FatWallet to take down post-Thanksgiving sale prices, claiming they were a copyright violation. Of course, as everyone should know, you can't copyright facts -- and prices are facts. FatWallet fought back, challenging this abuse of the DMCA -- which forced Wal-Mart to backdown. The following year, other retailers, including Best Buy, Target and Kohl's threatened FatWallet again. Apparently, Best Buy learned absolutely nothing from the experience, as they've gone and threatened another site, BlackFriday, for posting the same information this year. Unlike FatWallet, however, BlackFriday has backed down and taken down the information -- even though they have no legal reason to. It's clear that Best Buy (whose lawyers clearly know better) are simply betting that in using a cease & desist DMCA claim, even if it's not valid, they can scare the site into taking the content down -- which is exactly what happened. That's a clear abuse of the DMCA, creating the famed "chilling effects." However, as it stands, there's simply no punishment for abusing the DMCA this way and there are few entities willing to actually stand up against such a misuse.

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    Sick of Sick of all the crap, 16 Nov 2006 @ 7:35am

    Sick of all the crap

    Gays are destroying family values? what about the republicans who claim to be morally superior, yet are in affairs, and file for devorce? isn't the conservative christian right opposed to divore. I seem to recal some passage from some book, i think it was, yes one called "the bible" and if i'm not mistaken, it's a book most ccr's find to be the basis of truth/understanding/morallity.

    so, if that's the case, why is the right wing saying one thing and doing another? plus it's been shown that gay families have a stronger household (filled with love and caring) than most hetero homes. and divorce rates for gays are less than hetero couples. spousal abuse is lover, right? if the gays are destroying the family, then what the hell are the heteros doing to it?

    now, i don't claim that the liberal democrats are perfect angels. we have our fair share of sex scandals and divorce. but we don't pride ourselves on being the christian moral voice.

    Oh, and one more thing. For a party that is very anti-day, you sure do have quite a few gay members.

    response anyone?

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