You don’t officially get harassed by lawyers until the letters come by, so this morning was an especially pleasant surprise to be reminded how humorless Sherdog really is. They want us to surrender any and all profit we made from the whole April Fools day joke. Sure, you can have it. How does one write a check for zero dollars again?
I think in general what really peeves me is how big companies respond to being poked fun at. I don’t doubt that most of them consider parody as something that damages their brand, but they need to get over that shit. We live in a free society, and that means that if I want to laugh at someone, I have the right to do so. I don’t yet live in a future dystopia run by giant corporations that demand absolute loyalty…yet. If this kind of harassment is indicative of the response companies have to satire, then it goes to show just how far they are willing to go to protect their companies from any form of criticism or dissent.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve been harassed by them, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The US is a hotbed of litigiousness. You have more practicing lawyers in the Continental United States then all other countries combined. The only other thing you can boast about similarly is your defense budget.
Stop sending us letters, Sherdog, and for fuck sakes get a sense of humor.
*UPDATE* April 16th, 2009: The peeps at Sherdog were in touch earlier today and we sorted out the entire April Fool’s prank thing. No one shall be getting sued, everyone walked away feeling much better about eachother, and this will be the last time we bring up that whole situation.