Friday 9 March 2012

You know you've arrived when ...

Towards the end of a long and illustrious career, already garlanded in the seats of power the world over, what bauble could possibly further crown his achievement? This was the conundrum perplexing DMossEsq.

The Governership of Hong Kong? Too late.

The Order of the Garter? All things considered, no.

Could he be the next Pope? His lips are sealed.

The answer recently came to him. At last. As so often in today's global world, it was thanks to Google.

Enter "david moss" "cabinet office" into Google, go down to the bottom of the page, click on 3 or above and, when the page has refreshed, towards the bottom of the page you will see:
In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at
One hit has been removed from Google's list. Which one? You want to know. You click on the read-all-about-it link and you get:
Notice Unavailable

Defamation Complaint to Google
Sent by: [individual]
To: Google

The cease-and-desist or legal threat you requested is not yet available.

Chilling Effects will post the notice after we process it.
Defamation? What defamation? This could be fruity. Who is the individual who complained? There is a certain dignity in these matters. Pray God it's not someone dull. No, me neither.

Some sort of a kangaroo court? No. According to their website, Chilling Effects is:
A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics ...

Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity.
Mystifying. Has DMossEsq defamed someone? Allegedly. Has someone allegedly defamed DMossEsq? Who knows? It's not clear. Let's hope that Chilling Effects hurry up and process the "cease-and-desist or legal threat" submission. The suspense waiting for them to post their notice will be hard to bear. Is DMossEsq at last the subject, or even the object, of that must-have for a career to be complete, a superinjunction?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I took out a super-injunction against anyone mentioning my name in any context whatsoever. You just happened to mention my name in passing. Nobody has ever said anything unpleasant about me, but I did it because I'm very rich and just felt like doing it, okay?

Obviously, circumstances demand that I post this comment anonymously.

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