Best Buy Apologizes For Sending Cease And Desist Letter To Blogger For Reporting Factual Information

Best Buy has backed off and apologized for sending the Laughing Squid blog a cease and desist letter over their posting on other group’s Best Buy parody shirts. Initially, Best Buy didn’t feel the blogger’s free speech rights were of importance, saying Laughing Squid was “promoting” rather than reporting.” Now Best Buy says, “…we do not object to fair and accurate reporting of fact, and respect the First Amendment rights of Laughing Squid and other bloggers to provide articles or commentary on current events. Now that we have a better understanding of your website, we regret sending you the demand letter.” Hooray, the internet wins again!

Best Buy Apologies For Sending Cease & Desist Letter [Laughing Squid]
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  1. SVreader says:

    A huge company having to apologize to something called “Laughing Squid” is not just a win for the internet, but for humanity.

  2. homerjay says:

    See what happens when you don’t take it seriously, Best Buy??

  3. ConsumptionJunkie says:

    Nobody f#$%s with the First Amendment!

  4. comopuedeser says:

    Doesn’t Best Buy have anything else better to do?

  5. lostalaska says:

    … or Laughing Squid!

  6. tk427 says:

    …Now that we have a better understanding of

    your xxxxxxx, we regret sending you the…

  7. ceejeemcbeegee is not here says:

    @comopuedeser: Yes they do: stealing your porn.


  8. tk427 says:

    Ok, sorry, that post looks like shit but I hope you get the idea.

    btw how do I do a strikethru in the comments?

  9. Brian Gee says:

    Now if only they had a better understanding of intellectual property law and would apologize for sending the initial cease and desist over the parody item.

    I guess that’s asking too much.

  10. Phildawg says:

    Best Buy is only doing this to save face in this crucial holiday shopping season.

  11. BigNutty says:

    Somebody at Best Buy has realized the power of the Internet as far as publicity goes.

  12. spinachdip says:

    @svreader: Laughing Squid is also a San Francisco-based web host and art curator who is apparently held in high regard.

    (I was looking for a web host a few months ago and I considered them, but didn’t make the connection when I read the original article)

  13. econobiker says:

    yeah and best buy was going to sue the Wall Street Journal too for “promoting”

  14. aikoto says:

    You have to give them credit. They figured it out way before it got really bad. The apology came before the guy could even get legal representation :)

  15. AceKicker says:

    Yeah, this was done just hours after the initial story, so I have to assume it was done out of Best Buy’s own accord. At least they admitted they screwed up without needing a court order to do it.

  16. UCLAJason says:

    I think it is funny that this happens alot ie. Best Buy screws up, the person who got screwed posts something on the web, everyone and their mother is pissed, Best Buy tries to save face by apologizing/remedying mistake. When will BB learn that the best policy is just to treat customers nice upfront and avoid the mess?

  17. Trauma_Hound says:

    He should still file a complaint with the Bar against the lawyer that signed off on it anyways. Dumb people shouldn’t be able to practice law.