The Robert Davis vs SFX case might just be the dumbest, court case of the year.
Here is the skinny on the case. Apparently SFX has an inept, incompetent, and most likely retarded webmaster who can’t figure out how to add one line to the .htaccess file. Since their webmaster is a worthless sack of roting lard, the mentally challenged management monkies decided to sue Davis who was providing direct links to their webcasts.
Davis knew that the case was a joke, so he didn’t even hire a lawyer. He then proceeded to totally clown himself in the courtroom, and thus the idiot judge who clearly must suffer from some sort of extremely disabling mental retardation ruled against him.
This is like a trifecta of dumb!
SFX is dumb because they couldn’t figure out how to do a simple redirect, and instead opted to go the legal route. What could have been 5 minute job for a competent webmaster, turned out into a drawn out court case, and big lawyer bills.
Davis is dumb, because he lost a case that was almost impossible to loose – especially since the very similar Ticketmaster vs. Tickets.com case had exactly the expected results – judge ruled that linking is not infringement. This case was a no brainer. So just think – how bad was his defense to make the judge rule against him?
And of course, the judge is inexplicably dumb, because if he should have known that the SFX case was absolutely baseless. But then again, if all 3 parties, taking part in a lawsuit are just plain stupid, then the resulting ruling can’t be anything but.
Where do you draw the line here? Is Davis still allowed to post URL’s to the media files? How about partial urls (like go to example.com and then /whatever/media/webcast.mpg)? How about partial URL’s shifted with rot13?
Sigh… I wonder what does this ruling mean to the internet as a whole…