Baseline Strominator column: Punish the monkey

This past month we’ve seen a lot of judges and lawyering up to try to remove various Web content — ranging from a video of teens brawling in upstate New York to documents from a Swiss bank that supposedly show offshore money laundering, to even a game of Scrabble that is played on Facebook. It is sad to see, ineffective, and a waste of everyone’s time.

Almost always a takedown notice is a mistake, because all it does is focus attention on the about-to-be-banned content and motivate others to post it elsewhere.

I talk about this more in my column on Baseline magazine’s Web site today, and explain how the term used in the title came about too.

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