Thursday, July 07, 2005

The BBC don't like parody

I must be missing something, because something pretty minor happened that points to something fairly fundamental. And I just don't understand it.

The BBC shut down IsAGaylord.com .

Now forgive me if I'm going mad here, but a week ago this site was getting 20,000 hits a day from people who got a surprise, had an immature snigger, then noticed that it wasn't really a BBC news site after all. Maybe they forwarded it on, maybe they didn't, but they went away not even considering that it was in any way linked to the BBC and definitely not thinking any the worse of the BBC if they did. Then a couple of people didn't get it, and complained... to the BBC.

And so the lawyers got involved, put some pressure onto the host and the site got pulled. So now, for the next week that site will get its usual 20,000 hits a day, and 140,000 people will read a tirade from a guy who's had to pull a very successful site because the BBC got petty.

So, in order to keep the BBC's reputation with a handful of people, they've managed to tell 140,000 how petty they are.

It takes a lawyer to be THAT clever!

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