Diehl v Crook



EFF filed suit on November 1, 2006 against the man behind "craigslist-perverts.org" -- a website that publicized responses to fake personal advertisements posted on Craigslist.org -- on behalf of an online journalist, Jeff Diehl, who criticized the controversial outing campaign and received legal threats in return.

Diehl is the editor of the Internet magazine 10 Zen Monkeys. He 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.

This is the complaint alleging causes of action in misrepresentation, interference with contract, and unfair, unlawful and fraudulent business practices. The plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | Federal, 9th Circuit, California | United States

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