October 19, 2010

Officer Bubbles suing random people

CANADA - If you left a comment on YouTube about "Officer Bubbles" chances are likely you are now being sued for $1.2 million by Toronto Police Const. Adam Joseph, aka "Officer Bubbles". See: Officer Bubbles suing YouTube.

Adam Joseph wants YouTube to reveal the confidential names of people who commented on the cartoons so he can sue them for $1.2 million each. YouTube is hesitant about releasing the names, it would set a bad precedent and could spark a slew of lawsuits for breaching that confidentiality agreement.

In comes Todd Mara, 33 of Hamilton, a married man with two children. Mara thought it was a joke when he watched the series of cartoons depicting "Officer Bubbles" arresting everyone from Santa Claus to Barack Obama. Mara has come forward of his own free will, intending to defend his right to post comments on YouTube.

“I mentioned, according to what I saw in the video, that he’s an egomaniac,” says Mara. “I stand by what I did. I thought he was out of line.”

Mara says he “forgot about Officer Bubbles” and his comment and hasn’t used his YouTube account for months.

“Now all of a sudden, Officer Bubbles is back in my life. I never asked for this,” says Mara. “I don’t know why this guy wants to draw more attention to himself. I can’t figure it out. It’s ridiculous.”

Its a bit of a farce really.

In the cartoon Officer Bubbles arrests random people.

And in reality Officer Bubbles / Const. Adam Joseph is suing random people for defamation.

In his statement of claim, Josephs suggests the cartoons and comments are “false and devastatingly defamatory” for implying that he is a narcissist, among other things.

The cartoons were removed from YouTube by the original creator, but copies of them have since reappeared on YouTube and have been uploaded by other users. He can't sue them all, and even if he does, other users will just upload new copies of the videos. It will be a never ending struggle and endless defamation lawsuits.

But how can it really be defamation? If you do something and get a reputation because of it, you DESERVE that reputation. People talking about something you did is just a natural and reasonable reaction.

"You reap what you sow."

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