When I got Jim’s initial threat, I naturally treated it with the seriousness it deserved. After careful consultation with my army of high priced lawyers, I replied:
Thanks for your interest in my blog.
Unfortunately, I get so much fan mail that I cannot respond to all of it personally, but rest assured that I do read and appreciate all of it.
I am kind of flattered that he thinks this blog is important enough to waste $75 filing a Small Claims Court Complaint in Ontario.
I am pretty sure emailing me a blurry PDF does not count as serving me with the document, but what I know about Canadian law would fill a very short book. I guess I will need to read up on it one evening. I am still not sure any amount of reading will find a Canadian law matching the complaint “Un-authorized[sic] publication of my personal name (un-konwingly[sic] at first knowingley[sic] and willingly after) cuasing[sic] seriouse[sic] damage to my reputation”.
I do hope he is also suing the schizophrenic, voice hearing brother for the initial unauthorized use of his name. If me using it once is worth $10000 worth of reputation, then the brother plastering it all over the internet must be getting a huge bill.
When I am served properly, I guess I will have to reply. Until then, here is the blurry PDF of the complaint. It looks real enough to me, but I suspect the court might have more luck communicating with me if he included a country in my address.
I got email today from somebody claiming to be Jim Mirkalami threatening legal action. I say “claiming to be” because the last person claiming to be Jim, later claimed that they were his brother Bryan or Seyed B. Mirkalami and claimed that Jim “does not know what is going on on the net, he is not an internet savey[sic] type person.”
The original of the Bryan or Seyed B. Mirkalami post may have been taken down by quityourdayjob.com.au, so you might have to look to a cache.
Anyway, here is the email in full. Unless somebody can point me to a law making it an offense to publish a name without authorization I am not going to lose sleep over it. I have looked back and my post on Jim Mirkalami does not seem defamatory.
Subject: Un-authorized publication of my name
My name is Jim Mirkalami and it has come to my attention that my name has been published within your website/s and blogs, without my authorization.
I hereby request from you to immediately remove any and all references made to this name and refrain from such publications in the future without my authorization.
Your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
I will have no option but to commence legal action in an effort to protect my name, if my request is denied. I will be doing so a week today on Monday
April 7th, 2008.
Here is a postscript to a failed and forgotten Web2.0 venture.
The summary for a story about botnets was decorated with blurry clipart that seemed familiar to me.
Talk about “rooster one day, feather duster the next”. The the logo from officepirates.com is now relegated to blurry clipart status. Although as I said back then, that venture elected to skip over the rooster stage, and take a more “turkey one day, feather duster the next” trajectory.