Musashi emailed me a link to this MSNBC article on the Re-code.com controversy. It seems that the site has repsonded to legal threats by reducing, but not eliminating, visitors' ability to obtain fraudulent UPC symbols from the site.
Re-code.com's operators responded by disabling the link on their Web site that allowed users to print sheets with a selection of bar code labels that could be slapped on store items.
"We were advised by our lawyers it would make sense to remove those for now," said one of the activists, who identified himself only as Nathan Hactivist and responded by telephone to an e-mail request for an interview.
Re-code.com still provides a database of bar codes that can be copied and pasted into printing applications. It suggests, for instance, that users stick a label for Nerf balls over the bar code on a box of rifle ammunition.
The interview obviously presents "Hactivist's" claim that the site is done solely for satirical purposes, but if memory serves me right, "satirical intent" isn't a mitigating factor in a criminal prosecution. I wonder if, by forcing users to cut and paste the bogus UPCs instead of providing printable sheets, the site is trying to claim that any abuse is the visitors' responsibility, not their own. I doubt such a claim will fly, no matter how many discalimers the site posts.