2600: You idiots. Rather than conserving the limited resources you have and channeling it constructively (ie, fighting the DeCSS decisions), you've gone and spread yourselves even thinner by picking another fight with Corporate America. What were you thinking??
Okay, first, the obvious pro-2600 arguments... there's plenty of precident to support parody and customer action groups. FACEIntel.com, or microsoftsucks.com, now part of the larger "sucks.com" series of websites, whitehouse.com (porn site), and typo sites. Even kuro5hin.org has its typo site: kuroshin.org.
They're still out there. Many of them have been challenged, and time and time again the courts have held that as long as the site is not intentionally defaming the company in question, or trying to steal business from it by having a similar name (trademark infringement), it is OK. General Motors' legal department calls 2600's actions "trademark infringement" but this is patently absurd, and they are simply bullying 2600.com, hoping for an easy win.
HOWEVER, 2600.com hardly needed to go proving this again. Why did they choose now to do this? Why not let someone else handle the matter?
2600.com is a perfect example of online activism at its worst: disorganized, under siege, under staffed, and no resources. It seems online activism to date has consisted of a few geeks saying "Screw the system!" and rallying for "the cause". When pressed for comment, they invariably respond that big money/corporations/goverment is oppressing them, taking away their rights. They'll say information wants to be free, that hacking is not a crime, etc. But they reject the framework in place to get attention - geeks control the plumbing of the "e-commerce" revolution, yet they are disorganized and entertain idiosyncratic views of the world, when they have political views at all. In stark contrast to their technical competence and fluency in science, they seem downright ignorant of how the system works, and are unwilling to learn about it, or use it to promote change.
Information technology workers, geeks, nerds, hackers, all stand at the forefront of economic and social progress in this country. Rather than taking on the civic responsiblity of that, they are content to design spreadsheets to track their ever-increasing wealth and stock options, overclock their computers, and generally ignore the rest of the world. And yet, when the real world ignores them, they seem upset. There's a revolution out there, started by geeks, but if we don't act soon, it will be ended by lawyers.