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  • #16
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    > I hope the guy that did this
    >does not hear from the CNN legal
    >department.

    I hope he does. To parody CNN is fine (and legal), but to disguise your page as CNN's is fraud and copyright infringement. If he wants to do this, he needs to at least make it clear and obvious that it is not a CNN page. (And no, that "heavyplasma" URL does not rise to the level of "obvious," at least not in my untrained legal opinion.)

    At the risk of being accused of self-promotion (and the risk of straying off the topic of t&f -- I'm sure GH will delete me if I am), here is an article I wrote on a similar issue, but where the "perpetrator" clearly understands what is parody and what is not (warning: article contains profanity): http://austinchronicle.com/issues/dispa ... aked7.html
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    • #17
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      >If he wants to do this,
      >he needs to at least make it clear and obvious
      >that it is not a CNN page. (And no, that
      >"heavyplasma" URL does not rise to the level of
      >"obvious," at least not in my untrained legal
      >opinion.)

      Nor -- again, in my non-lawyer opinion -- does that teeny-tiny "This article is fake" disclaimer at the bottom. If it's not immediately obvious, then it's probably illegal.
      "Run fast and keep turning left."

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      • #18
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        I think what gave it away the most was the exclaimation point (!) at the end of the headline.

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        • #19
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          Or the Left-Nav highlighting the "world" section, nit "sports".

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          • #20
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            This guy is playing with fire. Don't screw with a company like CNN.

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            • #21
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              Actually, he's screwing with AOL Time Warner, an even scarier nemesis.

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