Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Hunt the cybersquatter

Yesterday, we had something nice to say about Fox News. Today, it's some good work from The Sun, as the paper hunts down the bloke who bought the Amy Winehouse Foundation web address.

The story is duo bylined to Emily Nash and Gordon Smart; one rather suspects Gordon's main contribution to the effort was adding his name to the byline.

Still, they track down Martin McCann, who also registered a company in the name of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. McCann is not impressed with Mitch Winehouse calling him a dickhead on Twitter:

He said: "I'm not exploiting anything yet. I've just bought some domain names. Anybody could have. It only takes the click of a mouse. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed. Detach yourself from emotions and think business."
Although "thinking business", the charming Mr McCann claims that he's actually setting up his own charity.
"He [Winehouse] is making every effort to hijack this charity to satiate his own needs for the charity. She's not the only Amy Winehouse in the world."
Ah, he's set up a charity for other Amy Winehouses. Presumably to help them with being asked "what, like the singer?" whenever they book taxis. How strange that he only came up with this passion for assisting the hundreds, nay, thousands of other Amy Winehouses a few seconds after Mitch Winehouse announced his plans to set up a charity.

McCann points out that there's nothing illegal in what he has done. Nothing illegal at all. His conscience is as clear as his soul is empty.