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  • Shamil.
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    Originally posted by rnmcd View Post
    It took a while longer than I thought it would but I was finally sued.

    It doesn't look like I can contest this. They (Righthaven) won a judgement. I didn't even get a cease and desist.

    I had never heard of RightHaven until now.

    Here's some info:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...52710320.shtml
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...-at-a-time.ars

    I'm looking into Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
    Oh no. Not Righthaven again....

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  • rnmcd
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    It took a while longer than I thought it would but I was finally sued.

    It doesn't look like I can contest this. They (Righthaven) won a judgement. I didn't even get a cease and desist.

    I had never heard of RightHaven until now.

    Here's some info:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...52710320.shtml
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...-at-a-time.ars

    I'm looking into Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
    Last edited by rnmcd; Thu 16th Dec '10, 1:31pm. Reason: removed amount of settlement because they could probably figure out how to track me even more

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  • Zonex
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    Well at least you learned a lesson. Pay a little extra when buying a domain. If you have already registered it under your name there's not much you can do except remove yourself as an administrator without access to the data and let someone else take it over anonymously. Katz Global is the way to go for 100% anonymity...all you divulge is an email address.

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  • rnmcd
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    I can't afford a lawyer.

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  • Zonex
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    Originally posted by rnmcd View Post
    I tried to do that...she threatened me with a subpoena when I attempted to remove her from the forums.
    More reason to ban her.

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  • rnmcd
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    Originally posted by dtg-forums View Post
    If you're the boss of your forums, turn that person off.


    I tried to do that...she threatened me with a subpoena when I attempted to remove her from the forums.

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  • JakeS
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    Originally posted by fusion2 View Post
    Thats sort of stupid as you wont be able to object to a domain name transfer. With internic or your domain company unable to identify you as the owner and contact you, they would probably forfeit the domain name.
    Which is why I personally don't give a damn about hiding my self from the internet well credit cards and stuff I hide but who doesn't? I wouldn't want my credit card to go all over the world to everyone and neither would you..

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  • rnmcd
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    Originally posted by dtg-forums View Post

    Likewise, I've filed several times on web site owners, only to be turned away by the bench each and every time.
    For what type of reasons have you felt it necessary to pursue legal action against a site owner?

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  • dtg-forums
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    Easy subpoena

    Originally posted by rnmcd View Post
    Any suggestions to what I may want to do next? How easily can she subpoena me? Will vBulletin turn over my license information to her just based upon her request?
    That individual would have to file a complaint, civil or criminal suit. Then the magistrate (or judge) would have to find merit enough to move with the suit. ONE out of 1,000 subpoena are pure bluff or talk. I've been threatened by lawyers many times, (even by some pretty big players) and responded with "Bring'em on" or some such. They've never been heard from again.

    Likewise, I've filed several times on web site owners, only to be turned away by the bench each and every time.

    Your case doesn't sound like one that would make it into the courts... at least without a LOT of money. A LOT. So I wouldn't worry. If you're the boss of your forums, turn that person off.

    Fred
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    Design Café and Photoshop 911

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  • dtg-forums
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    Some situations demand it...

    Originally posted by filburt1 View Post
    If you need to ask the question, you shouldn't create the site.
    I disagree. There have been many reprisals on people running controversial web sites... particularly when you start messing with revenue streams -- such as in the case of ANTI-SPAM sites. Terrorists, identity thieves and Illegal Drug cartels have embraced the web as a primary revenue source. Much of it is run by extremists or organized crime who would think nothing of killing you if they could find you.

    Remember what happened to Green Frog.

    Why do you think so many criminals run their operations through foreign servers and take so much effort in masking their identities and locations. It works the same way for 'honest' web sites, except the "good guys" either don't have the nerve, or haven't figured out yet how to elude all inquiries.

    :-) I'd be very careful.

    Fred
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    Design Café and Photoshop 911
    Last edited by dtg-forums; Wed 24th Jan '07, 6:02am.

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  • Colin F
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    Originally posted by rnmcd View Post
    Will vBulletin turn over my license information to her just based upon her request?
    No.

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  • rnmcd
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    I'm the OP

    Just like I anticipated, there is someone that is basically ruining my board so I made a post that politely said that she please curtail the negative posts...

    Here was her reply:


    Also under law I can also subpoena the records of this forum if needed to see if any city representatives are abusing the forum under assumed names or more than one identity. Even if it is not the officials personally if any of the identities are related to a official,or friends there could still be repercussions!
    Any suggestions to what I may want to do next?

    How easily can she subpoena me?

    Will vBulletin turn over my license information to her just based upon her request?
    Last edited by rnmcd; Tue 23rd Jan '07, 7:11am.

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  • Zonex
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    Bad analogy. The internet is a communication medium. Nothing like a car.
    Just like I can dial a *67 on my phone when I don't want to appear on a caller ID.

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  • Bob Isaac
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    Accountability is the reason that web sites should be correctly documented with the details of the owner etc., so that in the event of litigation or other reason the due process or enquiry can take place.

    It is similar to the need to correctly register your car. The details are not publicly available but in the event of any need the owner can be traced.

    Those that choose to live outside the law do so for a purpose, and the rest of society has to suffer (and pay for) their reckless actions.

    Bob

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  • Zonex
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    Originally posted by filburt1 View Post
    If you need to ask the question, you shouldn't create the site.
    You just made my jaw hit the floor. Step out of your bubble for a minute and imagine the many reasons why someone would want anonymity.

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