Youtube Commenter sued for Defamation

Credit to Gawker for this story:

Toronto Police Const. Adam Josephs appears to take himself and his job seriously. Very, very, very seriously. He threatened a protester with assault charges for blowing bubbles. And now he’s suing a YouTube commenter for an 11-word wisecrack.

A video of Josephs getting comically tough with a young G20 protester (above) became a viral hit. “If the bubble touches me, you’re going to be arrested for assault,” Josephs told the protester. The officer was promptly dubbed “Officer Bubbles” and became the target of a series of YouTube parody cartoons of the same name. Joseph then filed a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit and is seeking to legally compel Google to revel the identity of the parody cartoon’s creator, plusthe identities of 24 people who commented on it. That’ll show them you’re not a humorless stick in the mud who wields that law against the pettiest of transgressions! (Needless to say, the parody cartoons are no longer on YouTube.)


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