Wow. This is huge. No pun intended. Really.
Fred Durst Is suing Gawker Media.It seems as if taking down the video days before being asked to, isn’t enough for Durst. He still has a small dick.
The blogsphere has weighed in, and the consensus is that it was pretty stupid of Gawker to host the video. I would have to agree. I referenced the other sites hosting the video, but A Socialite’s Life would never host a porn video.
Here’s a sampling of what is being said -
Nick takes a lot of risks I would never consider taking on our blogs, however this lawsuit by Fred Durst based on Gawker Media linking to the sex video is just silly.
Linking to something is not the same as hosting something… what next, we have someone who points out a crime in progress to go to jail for that crime? Linking is pointing… it’s 2005 people, come on, we’ve settled this issue! [Jason Calacanis]
Denton is reputedly obsessed with collegehumor.com – the ultimate high-profit-low-buzz website. But I can assure him that the number of people who read both the New York Observer and collegehumor.com is minuscule. If he’s selling a highbrow audience to his advertisers, he’s going to have to stop the slide downmarket on his websites.
Maybe he realised that today: a couple of hours after the Fred Durst video went up on Gawker, it got taken down. (OK, full disclosure: after I told Lockhart Steele that I thought he’d jumped the shark, he took the video off the page.) But so long as Denton encourages his bloggers to above everything maximise the number of hits they get, this kind of thing is going to continue to appear. In the short term, it certainly helps Gawker Media’s traffic. [felixsalmon.com]
The erosion of privacy as a right is a big concern for me. That Durst and Hilton before him are generally unliked doesn’t make those invasions of privacy any more okay. Even more than that, forget the celebrities in each situation, there is another person in the video who isn’t famous but who is being pimped across the internet and there are all those people in Paris’s phone book who didn’t ask to have their information shared with the world.
It is the same problem I have with people hosting and watching the R.Kelly Sex tapes. There is an underage girl in the video. Fuck R. Kelly but what about her rights? [Negro Please]
Read the whole lawsuit at The Smoking Gun.