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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Dec 2009 @ 4:42pm

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

    While I sometimes fine their antics amusing, I'm forced to agree that they aren't really that constructive or easy to condone. Parody is one thing, but they have been flirting with fraud - somewhat stupidly, as you say.

    Indeed. I'm not sure they have a real parody defense on these things.

    My issue is with the taking down of 4,500 other sites.

    Also, the takedown of even the Yes Men sites just gives the campaign another round of desired publicity.

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