TechCrunch, commenting on the EFF/Michael Crook settlement, notes:
Crook is clearly a loser, has destroyed the lives of many people who responded to his bogus Craigslist ad, and deserves this kind of humiliation. But it also seems to me that the EFF may be getting a tad over zealous in its desire to defend our right to violate copyright and other intellectual property laws, and needs to take a step back and consider if the oppressed are now becoming the oppressor. In requiring the creation of this video, it seems to me that they’re lowering themselves to the same level as Crook. The guy has been completely humiliated in public now, which makes for great content, but the EFF needs to be careful in how far they go. Defending individuals against huge multi-corporation entities is one thing. Destroying human dignity is something else.
Normally I’d agree, but in the case of Crook, I think the EFF is dead-on. I don’t know that it’s possible to over-humiliate Michael Crook. I wish people would quit posting his picture though. I’m tired of seeing him.
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