Things that never, never work #3428172

If you are a powerful corporation or individual and someone parodies you, challenging them with copyright infringement will not make the whole thing quietly go away. Scientists are boycotting the scientific publishing giant Elsevier. @FakeElsevier is a twitter account that mocks the real Elsevier's IP and paywall practices. Real Elsevier thinks they can take the heat off themselves by hitting @FakeElsevier with a takedown notice. Inevitable Streisand Effect ensues. (Via Stephanie Zvan)


  1. Elsevier’s lawyers are strange creatures who are doomed to repeat the same idiocy over and over again…

    They insist that, just because its never worked in the past means nothing, and that it’ll work this time.

    They refuse to learn from precedent or from the structure of reality, preferring instead to believe that they can argue their way into rising instead of falling. (After all gravity is a law, isn’t it, and they think themselves brilliant at arguing the law. [But, as Dicken’s said: the law is a bachelor and a ass.])

  2. Apparently Elsevier is backpedalling and saying “oh no no, we never complained to Twitter. But maybe our parent company, Reed Elsevier, did it.”

    So it’s all good.

    1. Yes, Elsevier is infamous for that sort of thing. Back when part of their parent company was sponsoring arms fairs selling landmines (classy!) they always said “well, that’s not us, the cuddly journal publisher! That’s just our parent company! *Totally* different”.

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