Boyfriend of Butt Plug Girl writes in again

Now he’s eschewing physical threats and instead imitating an attorney. He writes:

You have published libelous and copyrighted materials for commercial gain without authorization. This has caused damages to the parties named. You are hereby asked to pay $7500 to these parties, remove the offending materials, and post a public apology immediately. Other parties who have republished these libelous and copyrighted materials have been similarly notified.
Saxon R MacLeod

Not sure who this guy is but now he’s added his middle initial so things are getting more official. He shows up here having something to do with a psychology experiment at Stanford and here
publishing an extremely erudite analysis of Plato on the Barnes & Noble website. This appears to be his LinkedIn page showing a B.S. in psychology from University of Iowa and employment at a non-Yelp company in the Bay Area. He seems also to have some connection to this website about Japanese Samurai swords. (Eeps. Check out the scary video.) One of his comments: “It is a good thing to divine the meaning behind the events of life. In fact, the meaning IS the life.” Here he is badgering Tori Amos online and getting smacked down in return.

Okay, he’s not a lawyer. But he’s clearly an intellectual heavyweight and quite likely an expert Japanese swordsman. But then again, um, I invented the friggin iPod. Have you heard of it? I asked Apple’s fake legal team to check on this stuff just in case. Their opinion is that when people post stuff online it is fair game to link to it and make fun of it; and reproducing comments they make or photos they’ve published falls under the doctrine of “fair use.” Especially if a site is clearly a parody and no reasonable person would ever take anything on it seriously. Ahem. They suggested I file a fake countersuit over Saxon’s threat of physical violence. I’d rather just direct SRM to this page about blogging and free speech on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website. Money quote:

We’re working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn’t use copyright, libel, or other claims to chill your legitimate speech.

Much love, Butt Plug Boyfriend.