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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Nov 2006 @ 12:40pm

    If you hate gay people, you should love gay marriage!

    If people are free to be gay, they won't try to force themselves to act heterosexual. There's a lot of marriages ended in divorce when one member simply can't fake straight any longer.

    Married gay people do not have biological children (or at least half as many as the couple would in 2 straight relationships)

    If "gay" is genetic, then you have just applied a selective pressure against gay. Gay genes get passed on half as often. That = fewer gays, so homophobic people should like that idea.

    The thing is if the gay community would just settle on letting people be "unioned" instead of "married" then they would be that much ahead and anger a lot fewer people. Unioned sounds weird and is different from unionized so most people will just call it "married" in the vernacular. So now you've got the difference down to what was on the official paper that you never look at. After gay "union" is common and people have stopped freaking out over it you could then push to get the name changed officially to "marriage" and there'd be a lot less hubub.

    Black people didn't go straight from slave to equal rights- they first got freedom, then worked on segregation, then equal opportunity etc. Baby steps work in changing society- big ones just create backlash and anger.

    Calm down everyone, BB can whine all they want. I'll still get my paper on Thursday and plan out my friday from there.

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