Earlier today we wrote about the Justin Bieber URL shortener Bieber.ly, which had the dubious distinction of shortening long URLs to the shorter and more catchy Bieber.ly. About 22 hours after the site, went up developer Elliott Kember emails us to say he received a “Cease and Desist” letter apparently from lawyers representing “His Bieberness.”
The site now reads “Aww, we got lawyered. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted! Unfortunately we’ve been asked to take this site down.”
Says Kember, “This was pretty much the fastest C&D letter I’ve seen – it only took about 22 hours from launch to email.”
Teen singer Bieber and his over 7 million “Belieber” followers occupy a vast and murky part of the Internet so it’s no surprise that someone from the Bieber camp would put legal pressure on the guys behind the defacto “Justin Bieber URL Shortener.”
What is surprising however, is that the blog “Lesbians Who Look Just Like Justin Bieber” still manages to stay up.
I have (sadly) contacted Justin Bieber’s press team for more information, and will update this post (and start applying to grad school) if/when they get back to me.
I'm sad to announce that Bieber.ly has been shut down.
On a more positive note – my first Cease And Desist notice! Printing and framing.—
Elliott Kember (@elliottkember) January 13, 2011