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Fatwallet invokes DMCA to sue Best Buy

The catch all legislation strikes again
Sun Nov 30 2003, 10:39
A REPORT ON Ars Technica says that Best Buy received a writ from FatWallet for alleged infringement of the DMCA.

FatWallet is a company which alerts consumers to sales changes before they happen.

Best Buy and other chains of shops had attempted to persuade FatWallet to remove filings on its forums relating to price moves in advance of Thanksgiving.

And it took a last step by sending FatWallet a subpoena asking it to identify the individal who filed the information. But the subpoena wasn't properly served.

FatWall is alleging that Best Buy is knowingly misrepresenting a DMCA notice, following a similar case last year when Wal-Mart applied legal threats to the outfit.

As Ars Technica points out, the DMCA is such a broad piece of legislation that it's being used for purposes which maybe was not the original idea of the laws. We say maybe, because there was intense lobbying over DMCA before it became law.

The Ars Technica article is here.

See Also
Retailers flex CDMA muscles to down holiday sales details
Kazaa used DMCA to threaten Google over copyright infringement

 

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