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Stop the Insanity

December 3rd, 2002 · No Comments

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be shocked by any conceivable abuse of the odious DMCA, Declan forwards word that FatWallet.com is being threatened with legal action for posting the sale prices offered by various retailers. Yup, you read that right. A user posted price comparisons, and the site’s operators got nastygrams insisting the information be taken down, on the grounds that the prices were copyrighted information! I assume it will be a legal no-brainer that the complaint is frivolous, but it does illustrate the bizarre lengths some firms are willing to go to in order to quash competition via copyright law.

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