Canadian Government Shuts Down Yet Another Yes Men Parody... Takes Down 4,500 Innocent Sites

from the collateral-prank-damage dept

Famous politico-pranksters The Yes Men have a long history of putting forth convincing parody websites that get those they parody to rush around to get the websites offline. Back in 2007, there was the fake ExxonMobil site that got pulled. Earlier this year it was the fake Chamber of Commerce site that the real Chamber issued a DMCA takedown over. The latest prank is based up in Canada, with the Yes Men setting up some parody sites of Canadian government organizations, promising massive greenhouse emissions reductions. This greatly upset the Canadian government who ordered the websites' service provider to pull them down. However, as Michael Geist points out, in the rush to pull down the sites, the ISP also took down 4,500 other websites. Seems like quite a bit of unnecessary collateral damage. Of course, this is exactly what the Yes Men want. For every takedown, they get another burst of publicity.

Filed Under: canada, innocents, parody, takedown, yes men


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    The Anti-Anti-Mike, 31 Dec 2009 @ 1:03am

    Re: Pranks are pranks... but...

    I get what The Anti-Mike is saying. It's like carpet bombing during World War 2. Drop lots of them and pray you're actually hurting the enemy. It's not the fault of the pilots dropping those bombs when a few civilians are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who cares if some of the sites that went dark may have been important in their own right? Look at it this way: if two terrorists are taken out for every 4500 people you kill, the term normally applicable is called 'acceptable losses'.

    I also understand the annoyance The Anti-Mike feels at having their profile name copied by others, which must certainly count as a form of copyright infringement. He went to all the trouble of registering it first and so it belongs to him. It must be highly irritating when people steal the oh so witty name he likely worked very hard to come up with. To make matters worse, the average poster here clearly isn't intelligent enough to tell the difference between a comment made by the real Anti-Mike (who has a "profile" link next to the name) and some anonymous coward pretending to be Anti-Mike (who doesn't).

    /s

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