RIP Philo

not passey's friend, but another craigslist asshole
Permalink selected 
March 15th, 2007 8:27am
Interesting the role the EFF has taken in this, and quite relevant to our recent discussion regarding how MADD expanded its scope in a grab for power unrelated to their original reason for being.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 8:46am
Crook posted a fake craigslist thing, used it to create a site (for profit), severely harming those unlucky folks who replied, then when publicly called on it, tried to use the DMCA to stop people from using FOX news material which he did not own the copyright to.

I hope this video gets remixed and replayed and pointed to forever. I hope it is all of the top 10 search results for this guy forever.  If he can't get another non-minimum wage job for the rest of his life, that's great. 

He had to apologize?  Should have billed him.


"DMCA Abuser Apologizes for Takedown Campaign

Michael Crook Agrees to Stop Attacks on Free Speech

San Francisco - Michael Crook, the man behind a string of meritless online copyright complaints, has agreed to withdraw those complaints, take a copyright law course, and apologize for interfering with the free speech rights of his targets.

The agreement settles a lawsuit against Crook filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of Jeff Diehl, the editor of the Internet magazine 10 Zen Monkeys. Diehl was forced to modify an article posted about Crook's behavior in a fake sex-ad scheme after Crook sent baseless Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices, claiming to be the copyright holder of an image used in the story. In fact, the image was from a Fox News program and legally used as part of commentary on Crook. But Crook repeated his claims and then attempted to use the same process to get the image removed from other websites reporting on his takedown campaign."
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 11:09am
Sure, Crook's a jackass, I don't think anyone contests that. And his DCMA notices were fakes since they were for things he was not the copyright holder to.

What the fuck does any of this have to do with the EFF's scope? Nothing. They don't have much to do nowadays, except big hard things they don't want to mess with, so they involve themselves in the tit for tat high school antics of weenies like Crook.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 12:42pm
Good points.  I view my comments as supplemental not contradictory to yours.  I'm glad Crook got screwed, not sure EFF is the right organization to do the screwing.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 12:59pm
from the techcrunch comments:
"The Fox News appearance was actually in 2005. Crook was promoting his web site — “Forsake the Troops” — which argued soldiers were overpaid and cheering when they were killed. (And Crook is also a holocaust denier.)"

true? dunno....
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 1:06pm
from the comments:
"If you ask me, Crook got off easy. He read his own script filled with excuses and side comments, rolled his eyes while reading it, and went back to posting nasty stuff on his blog. He’s loving every minute of the attention he’s getting. Besides he stripped himself of his human dignity when he went on TV attacking soldiers."
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 1:07pm
Crook is just one of many troublemakers and lunatics trolling craigslist.

Although he's a jerk, the people who responded to his absurd and obviously fake ad were all dumb as posts as well. It's no different from the people who respond to offers of Nigerian oil millions that arrive in their email box, or those who buy penny stocks that are pimped in exclusive tips they had the good fortune to stumble into. I have a hard time feeling sorry for them, because really, people should have a little bit more sense before responding to every offer of EZSex4U that they see. Talk about thinking with your dick!

Now EFF getting involved in this sort of retarded dispute, holy shit! What's next? They file suit against CoT to release the true identity of 'holocaust denier Denman'? Or maybe they will be here to represent the family of Chris McKinstry in a CoT-Slap-Suit to stop this board the mere existence of which sullies his reputation and legacy? All of these sorts of things are absurd.

And when you look at all the cases out there that EFF obviously SHOULD be getting involved with, but won't, you have to wonder what their reason for existence is anymore. They seem to have become irrelevant and are nothing more than a predatory organization that preys on weak-minded fools involved in internet flame-fests, instead of taking down the strong who abuse their real power.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 3:43pm
The difference between Crook and those foolish people he duped is malice.  They were just fools hoping to get laid, they didn't mean no harm.  Crook was a man looking to hurt other people.  Big difference.

All your comments about the EFF, if re-phrased to sound like they came from someone with at least basic training in English composition, are on target.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 3:52pm

The DMCA: My Thoughts

I feel that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) must be changed.  Namely, the Fair Use provision must be redacted.  For more, you can

read my blog entry about the issue, and you can visit
my new website,

....LOL good luck with that guy.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 4:01pm
we'll have the cunt speak at the next cot general assembly

Speaker, Minister, Author .. more

available to speak at your next event!
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 4:02pm
Well, I still agree with you. The malice would have worked its way out though. Leave the guy alone and it was only a matter of time before one of his disgruntled victims taught that fucker a lesson. And no one would shed a tear over it. Now, he's too high profile. It would have been better before because then he could have disappeared without anyone noticing.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 4:02pm

Ok, that is funny. This guy is just a professional troll people. He's friends with Passey for sure, we've all seen the videos of the two of them together. They both are running the same scam to say crazy stuff, get links, and cash off google.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 4:05pm
passey is on to this post lots of Nutrisystem reviews to get those searchers clicking on my blog  thing. currently.

the video of passey is with RFJason. Crook is a rip-off of RFJason.
Permalink snarker 
March 15th, 2007 4:11pm
Ah, OK, shit! Like I said, there's a million of these guys trolling craigslist.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 4:13pm

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