NSA, Homeland Security Admit They Shouldn’t Have Blocked Sale Of Parody Merchandise

The two logos that resulted in cease-and-desist letters from the NSA and DHS (libertymaniacs.com)

No one likes being made fun of or humiliated (okay, some people do, but that’s part of a much larger discussion), but you can’t throw your authority as a big, scary federal agency around to stop people from mocking you, even if they’re making some money doing so. [More]

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RIAA Offers To Reduce $222K Verdict Against File-Sharer If She’ll Say Something Nice About RIAA

Have you ever been compelled to make an insincere apology just because you knew it would get you out of trouble? The much-loathed Recording Industry Association of America made that sort of offer to file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset, offering to reduce her $222,000 penalty if she just went on the record to say some kind words about the RIAA’s anti-piracy platform. [More]

Mentioning Worst Company In America In EA Forum Is Apparently A Terms Of Service Violation

Mentioning Worst Company In America In EA Forum Is Apparently A Terms Of Service Violation

Last night, Electronic Arts beat up Sony in their first-round Worst Company In America fight, much in the same way your average 9-year-old makes me look silly playing Madden NFL. But one reader says that his post in a Sims forum about EA’s involvement in WCIA got him a warning slap from the company. [More]

Can You Get Booted From Frequent Flier Program For Being A Frequent Complainer?

Can You Get Booted From Frequent Flier Program For Being A Frequent Complainer?

In 2008, after nine years of membership in Northwest’s WorldPerks frequent flier program — three of those years with Platinum Elite status — a Minnesota man was given some bad news from airline: He had been removed from the program and had lost hundreds of thousands of miles. Why? Because his numerous complaints apparently constituted “abuse” of the program. [More]

Wendy's Worker Attacks Pregnant Customer For Complaining About Cold Food

Wendy's Worker Attacks Pregnant Customer For Complaining About Cold Food

Last week, a pregnant woman in Illinois complained to a Wendy’s staffer about being served a cold burger. Little did she know that such a minor issue would lead to her being chased down in the parking lot. [More]

Food Blogger Jailed For Salty Restaurant Review

Food Blogger Jailed For Salty Restaurant Review

A food blogger in Taiwan has been sentenced to jail for 30 days and ordered to pay around $7,000 in damages after a judge ruled that her comments about the saltiness of a restaurant’s food were made without doing due diligence. [More]

PR Company Tells Reviewers To Write Nice Things Or Don't Get Review Copies In The Future

PR Company Tells Reviewers To Write Nice Things Or Don't Get Review Copies In The Future

The publicist for the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever video game isn’t too thrilled that the video game reviewers of the world haven’t crowned the game as the greatest thing since the wheel. But instead of internalizing his frustration or making whispered threats and promises to reviewers, he went ahead and Tweeted to the entire world that overly negative reviewers would be in jeopardy of not receiving review copies of games in the future. [More]