The legal folks over at Guinness World Records recently received a FAIL Blog-style welcome to the Interwebz -- complete with an old school Rick Roll -- when they sent a strongly-worded letter to the FAIL blog folks demanding the removal of a screengrab critiquing a portion of the Guinness World Records Web site.
According to the email sent by Guinness World Records, its logo is trademarked, and the FAIL Blog must remove all trademarked material or else face the wrath of the Guinness legal department.
The FAIL Blog's response? Why, simply blurring out the logo, of course!
Here's a bit of their response to the email:
I believe it is the duty of FAIL Blog(TM) to call out organizations when they encourage the public to do such things as 'Break the record' for the 'Most Individuals Killed In A Terrorist Act'. We firmly believe that our publication of your fail is protected under the concepts of fair use, commentary and non-trademark use. Please RTFM and we welcome you to teh interwebs.
Since we at FAIL Blog(TM) don’t have a legal defense department, we have complied with your request to remove the trademarked term and logo from the original image. We have used the “naughty bits filter” on the image to secure your naughty, naughty, trademark assertions. However, we have posted your email so that our audience can see why we had to remove the name of the failer from the image. I hope that this is the outcome you have expected as now NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW THAT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS LIMITED HAS FAILED."
Read FAIL Blog for the original email from Guinness World Records.