Anonymous Satire of Koch Industries Prevails
May 11, 2011 12:41 PM Subscribe
posted by filthy light thief (40 comments total)
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In December 2010, a Koch Industries press release spoof
(Scribd; alt: screencap
) was posted on a website that mimicked the appearance of the official site for Koch Industries. The press release stated that Koch would no longer support research and advocacy initiatives that denied or questioned the human role in climate change. The press release was quickly identified as a hoax
, and both the fake press release and site disappeared quickly, yet the Koch company pursued the identities of those behind the stunt
, going as far as to file a lawsuit to expose the anonymous pranksters as part of a larger lawsuit. This past Monday, the lawsuit was thrown out of court
in Utah, with the judge citing that parody is not commercial speech, and thus a First Amendment issue.
Related: A Forbes blog compares the US case versus a similar UK case
, in which billionaire US hedge fund manager Louis Bacon
won a case in the UK to find the identity behind a number of online commenters
on Wikipedia, the Denver Post and WordPress. (However, legal experts have told the Guardian that the US-based companies could legally ignore or refuse to comply with the orders.
Tangent: As previously covered on MetaFilter, a study funded by Koch and others confirmed global climate change
in late March 2011, yet the Koch Industries "Climate Controversies and Energy Needs" page
is not yet updated to reflect the recent study.