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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli will buy your domain name if you make fun of him

Martin Shkreli is the gift that keeps on giving. Every time you think you couldn’t possibly respect him less than you already do, he proves you wrong.

Shkreli’s latest antics? Snatching up the domain names of anyone who publicly criticises him. In the past few months, Shkreli has done this to at least ten people.

No stranger to illegal behaviour, Shkreli may very well be breaking American law with his latest petty scheme. In particular, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act likely prohibits him from making any kind of embarrassing or defamatory use of his newfound online properties.

So far, most of the victims of Shkreli’s cybersquatting scheme are writers who have published unflattering things about him.

For example, Phil Witmer is the writer behind this story about Shkreli. Presumably Shkreli didn’t like that headline, because he went ahead and bought the rights to the domain www.philwitmer.com.

He’s done the same to several other writers. Although this might be a good time to mention that even though I’ve made fun of Shkreli in the past, www.pedroflynn.com is still available. Go ahead, Shkreli. I dare you.

For anyone wondering why this troll gets any attention from the media, you clearly haven’t been following along. Shkreli is the mega-rich pharmaceutical entrepreneur who earned notoriety by buying the rights to Daraprim, a drug used by many AIDS patients, and immediately raising the price from$13USD ($18AUD) a pill to $750 USD ($1,010 AUD), instantly making him almost universally hated by the public.

But that alone wasn’t enough, it seems. Ever since his initial public disgrace, Shkreli’s behaviour has given rise to a litany of unfavourable media stories, from his feud with Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, to his unbearably smug testimony before Congress:

No doubt we’ll be hearing from Shkreli again soon enough. The man is shameless, and loves the attention. And it seems like we’re happy enough to give it to him, because he is hilariously dumb and entertaining.

They say there’s no such thing as bad press. That may be so, but clearly Martin Shkreli is the exception that proves the rule.

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