The Buzz Machine):from a 3 count multi-million dollar federal lawsuit ( ) claiming defamation, libel, and copyright infringement. The charges are laughably stupid, but the intent is to bully the blogger into saying only positive things about the Office of Tourism. The that is paid by the state that Dutson has been critical of (via
12. Dutson also claimed, falsely, that WKPA is “pissing away” Maine tax money.
18. WKPA owns the copyright in certain images that Dutson published, and WKPA has registered its copyright in said work(s) with the U.S. Copyright Office
I’m not a lawyer, but when you point at an ad by an agency and mock them for putting the number to a phone sex line on there, you’re not breaking any libel or dafamation law, and fair use is definitely in play. As Jeff Jarvis so succinctly states “Mind you, this case is not just about journalism but also citizenry: We must always have the right and even duty to watch and question our government. Contractors acting as agents of government should come under the same scrutiny as government.”
The ad agency WKPA better pull their head out of their ass, because if they thought one blogger getting all up in their grill over some dumb taxpayer money wasting was no fun, wait until the rest of us mercilessly shred them to pieces for this crap lawsuit.