Update: The latest is that Crook has made a bogus homemade DMCA notice to try and get Boing Boing to take down his photo. Fark has now also announced a photoshop contest. Fortunately for Boing Boing, their ISP is in Canada where the DMCA sun don’t shine.
It is also interesting to note that the photo of Crook that he so much would like removed from websites was from when he was on Fox News bragging about his websites which puportedly try to dismiss the Holocaust among other things.
Good Luck Mike!
Michael Crook used the website Craigslist to bait men using sexually explicit ads. He then impersonated a woman under the pretenses of meeting these man getting them in the process to reveal personal information about themselves.
He then used that personal information to contact these men’s employers, spouses, etc. to embarass them for sport.
This is evil and the worst of what the internet represents.
When his misdeeds were chronicled on the 10 Zen Monkeys website, including a photo lifted from a public appearance by Crook on Fox News, Crook tried to use the DMCA to force 10 Zen Monkey’s internet provider to take the photo down.
While I can understand why someone as evil who screwed over so many men might want their photo taken off the internet, I think it’s abusive to use the DMCA, a law that was meant to be used for copyright owners to have their copyrighted material take off the internet, abused and used as a tool of censorship.
So above you will find the photo of Michael Crook that he doesn’t want people to see. I have no problem publishing a photo of him after he ruined so many people’s lives. I may end up getting a DMCA take down notice as well, but if enough of us publish his photo, it won’t matter anymore and it will be in the public domain.
The EFF yesterday filed a lawsuit against Crock for abusing the DMCA to try and silence his critics. I hope that they are successful.
Bullies should not be able to operate with impunity.
Although Boing Boing says that Michael Crook is an assumed name by him (I’m not sure what kind of person would assume the last name Crook) the website Truth Luster suggests that his full name is Michael Scott Crook. With Delaney as a surname for his mothers maiden name according to a post he made in a geneology forum and Vogel another name through his mothers line.