EFF updates the Takedown Hall of Shame

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published its latest "Takedown Hall of Shame" installment, listing three companies that used baseless and stupid legal threats to censor the Internet. The current crop includes Kern's Kitchen in Louisville, which claims a trademark on the common term "Derby Pie" and threatens bloggers who post their family recipes for the classic desert -- they also target WordPress.com for their threats (one victim changed the name of the recipe to "Mean Spirited Censorship Pie").

Another inductee is Time Warner Cable, who went after a critic who put up a site making fun of the company's terrible customer service, trying to get its YouTube, Twitter and other social media sites taken down.

Finally, there's Fox, which earned a place in the Hall of Shame by sending out fraudulent takedown notices over my bestselling novel Homeland, swearing on pain of perjury that it represented me (it doesn't).

Takedown Hall of Shame Inductions, May 2013



  1. Here’s my recipe for a classic desert:
    Take a large amount of sand. Sprinkle gently with oases. Depending on location, add one-hump or two-hump camel.

  2. Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeros.

    Remember that Onion headline?  Remember when it was hilarious satire? Remember when some corporation didn’t own the copyright to every word in the goddam dictionary?

  3. It would be darn shame if that recipe were accidentally widely distributed on face pants. likelikelike.

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