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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 31 Dec 2009 @ 2:36am

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

    Ah yes, tainting the Anti-Mike brand. I hope you realise that that handle has now become so associated with stupidity and inane commentary that no SERIOUS poster would care to use it, even to provide worthwhile rebuttals to what Mike is saying (i.e. that are not a simple negation).

    And I hope you realise how pertinent your problem is to this particular article: someone is obviously parodying you by impersonating you. If you had your way, then we should just shoot that person dead.

    But in these parts of the world, life thankfully isn't that cheap. How about Mike prevents ALL users from using the Anti-Mike name? That includes you -- which is acceptable given what you were saying above, right?

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