Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sam Adams, Again

I picked an inopportune time to extol the virtues of Sam Adams with the growing PR disaster caused by this letter sent by the "Intellectual Property Manager" of Sam Adams to a Portland, OR mayoral candidate named, coincidentally, Sam Adams. To make a long story short, he had two domain names registered for him and The lawyers at Sam Adams took exception to this and sent a cease and desist letter. I would be fine with it if that's where it stopped, even though a simple google search would have cleared up the purpose of the two websites. Unfortunately, it seems the folks at Sam Adams (or, more accurately, Boston Beer Company) continued to press for the dissolution of the website even after it was explained to them exactly what the situation was. The good people of Portland (and presumably elsewhere) are suitably angry and are pushing towards a boycott of Boston Beer Company's beers. I can't say I blame them.

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