Canon has sunken to a new low in trying to take down the blog of Fake Chuck Westfall, a parody of the real Chuck Westfall who is the Technical Information Advisor at Canon USA. The shut down notice posted on the blog contains all the details, including the letter from law firm Loeb & Loeb, who represents Canon. Their attempt to take down the blog seems to have failed because Automattic, the company who owns WordPress.com where the blog is being hosted, has refused to take down the blog. More details can be found here. In addition to failing to get the blog shut down, Canon also seems to have given the blog a lot more exposure online, resulting in a significant increase in traffic to the blog. Fake Chuck has already thanked Canon for the free promotion.
It isn’t surprising that Canon wanted to take the blog offline given the subjects that are often being discussed on the blog, namely the many issues with Canon’s recent products which I have also written about here. Their latest 21MP camera, the EOS 5D Mark II, got equiped with an AF system that seems to be seriously underperforming among other problems. Judging from the comments on the Fake Chuck blog, it’s everyone’s hope that Canon starts to acknowledge the problems and starts to deliver some quality products in the future.