Man Apologises to Internet has posted an article discussing the interesting law case surrounding Michael Crook. Inspired by the craigslist sex hoax by Jason Fortuny, Michael Crook started up a website to expose ‘perverts’ on the Craigslist site. He’d copied Fortuny’s prank, then posted his results on his webpage.
When 10 Zen Monkeys posted a screen shot of Crook taken from a Fox news report on his previous ‘Forsake our Troops’ hoax, Crook responded with an email falsely claiming that he owned the copyright for his own image.
Crook hadn’t just issued a copyright notice to 10 Zen Monkeys; he’d sent them to other web sites, again pretending to own the copyright on Fox News’ image, to trick the sites into taking his picture down. (There were even cases where he served DMCA notices to websites that published Fair Use quotes from his blog.)
Whilst many sites did remove the image and quotes in question, other web users took advantage of the fact that: ”...deep within the DMCA law is a counter-provision — 512(f), which states that misrepresenting yourself as a copyright owner has consequences.”

Mr Crook has now been effectively sued and is prevented from issuing any notices of copyright infringement, as well as being required to apologise to the Internet community as a whole. You can see his apology at the bottom of the article here.

(Thanks, Destiny Land.)

Journalism Law/Police/Crime Pranks

Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2007


I think he's a complete pillock, and I love that he had to apologise to the entire Internet! LOL
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Fri Mar 23, 2007  at  04:08 PM
Mr. Crook, wasn't there another thread about names that were appropriate? Sounds like he belongs there as well. Or atop the next rocket fired into the South Pacific for a Starwars test. Some good would come of that.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Mar 23, 2007  at  05:32 PM
I just looked at the 10zenmonkies site. Doesn't Crook look like that guy on Perfect Strangers? I forget his anme, the one who played the guy from some backward part of some overseas country and was used as the "look at America with fresh eyes" role.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Mar 23, 2007  at  05:36 PM
That is so awesome! I love that he had to make an apology video. Coolest out of court agreement ever.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Fri Mar 23, 2007  at  08:18 PM
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