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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    Yakov, 16 Nov 2006 @ 10:32am

    Live and let live (you lost by the way)

    13: Honestly if you are under the opinion that gays are ruining the country, you must have just gotten out of prison and are sore as hell about it, or are you pissed that your job doesn't provide you with pages? To be so anti-gay, and to spout off your bigotry on a tech forum, and an article about a completely unrelated topic, you must have some repressed feelings. Did your daddy not love you enough? In fact your religious fanaticism shows more commonality with a faith inspired bunch who flew some large planes into NY 5 years ago. They don't like gays either. FYI, the country clearly doesn't agree with you, and believing that a God, any God would hate any group of people based on anything -- race, weight, sexual orientation, IQ number, is well not very Christian. Isn't love thy neighbor written in the Bible? I don't recall it saying Love Thy neighbor unless he is fag.
    I'm not a fan of political correctness myself either, so Marry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Quanza, and my the good Lord bless you with some tolerance on this holiday season.

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