Michael Crook, Internet Troll

This guy is named Michael Crook and, no this is not Photoshopped, he really looks like a troll. This guy is most recently known for copying another guy in posting fake, sexually explicit ads on Craigslist a few months back. They did this to trick sexually adventurous guys into sharing their photos and personal information and then posted the victims’ photos and data on the Internet.

He’s obviously so embarrassed of this photo that he has sent phony DCMA notices to anyone that is hosting it even though he doesn’t own the rights to the image. The image Crook is complaining about is a screengrab from his appearance on a Fox News show. When Fox was contacted for comment, the producer of the segment laughed and added that he had no problem with BoingBoing or anyone else posting the thumbnail image online. Now the EFF has filed suit against him for sending the phony notices.

I went to this guy’s site and almost fell out of my chair laughing. He actually thinks that he’s a pundit of some kind. He is promoting an upcoming podcast, and as icing on the cake, he says he is an aspiring lawyer! Note to lawyers everywhere, you don’t want this guy around, he obviously doesn’t understand copyright law. What a loser! Via BoingBoing and Wired.


  1. I did some more reading on this guy’s website and he is definitely a certified nut. He believes that the Holocaust didn’t happen and that America’s soldiers are, get this, overpaid! That’s right!

    #1 by Nugget — November 2, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

  2. I saw this guy get spanked on one of the news talk shows a couple of years ago over his ideas around pay for our military personnel. (You can read his essay on his web site.) He definitely subscribes to the notion that any publicity is good publicity.

    #2 by Chad Poplawski — November 2, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  3. That guy looks like a corpse.

    #3 by Meerenai — November 4, 2006 @ 1:24 am

  4. Should a lazy-eyed contrarian really get us all riled up? I agree with Nugget; his website is both hilarious and dismal. I guess this is what happens when John Kerry and a ferret have a love child- reason enough to support advances in stem cell research.

    #4 by Steve Thompson — March 20, 2007 @ 8:07 am

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