SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Humor Websites Sued for Illegally Using Content

    This should be a wakeup call to many humor webmasters out there:

    From: http://www.speeds-cartoons.com/index2.php


    Running this website is a hobby to me. It is a lot of fun. It takes a great amount of time and money. I do not run Speeds on a free server as some sites do. I use a web hosting service that requires a monthly fee.

    Any hobby is fun until it loses its appeal.
    Well, running Speeds may have just lost its appeal to this webmaster!

    The United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division
    The attorney is representing;
    Sandi Gray
    Laura Shoaf Strickland
    Kathy Hollis Cooper
    Daniel Reynolds
    Eric Decetis

    Defendents have unlawfully and wrongfully derived and continue to derive income, profits, and unjust enrichment.
    Plaintiffs have sustained actual damages, including expenses and profits, in an amount in excess of $25,000 per incident.

    Defendents have unlawfully and wrongfully derived and continue to derive income, profits, and benefits.
    Plaintiffs have sustained actual damages, including expenses and profits, in an amount in excess of $25,000 per misappropriation.

    Plaintiffs demand a trial by jury.
    Last edited by bstrawse; Sep 7, 2003 at 17:03.

  2. #2
    Aussie Icon ozgression's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    839
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow, interesting...

  3. #3
    SitePoint Guru wild boar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    793
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    what site is sueing them

  4. #4
    SitePoint Guru marcel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Posts
    920
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    very interesting... Keep us informed.

  5. #5
    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    East Lansing, MI USA
    Posts
    12,937
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When I see 5 names sueing a bunch of sites like that, as opposed to a business, I think "Lawyer had lunch with 5 friends, decided on who would make a nice target." Undoubtedly they're hoping for a settlement from all these <i>rich</i> webmasters.

    "Oh no sir, please don't take my $3.50 a month from banner ads."

    If it was some media company that could have copyrighted jokes I might think differently.

    Or these guys are also joke site owners and are trying to lower the competition.
    Chris Beasley - I publish content and ecommerce sites.
    Featured Article: Free Comprehensive SEO Guide
    My Guide to Building a Successful Website
    My Blog|My Webmaster Forums

  6. #6
    SitePoint Wizard Crowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Huntsville
    Posts
    1,117
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What are the being sued for exactly? I've not seen any post saying what they are being sued for. I doubt it's jokes. Most likely it's from wrongfully using copyrighted cartoons/images.
    Chrispian H. Burks
    Nothing To Say

  7. #7
    SitePoint Zealot
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    43 03' 16" N :::: 77 36' 03" W
    Posts
    183
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i found those "if women ruled" pictures on another site a few weeks ago.
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

  8. #8
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by aspen
    When I see 5 names sueing a bunch of sites like that, as opposed to a business, I think "Lawyer had lunch with 5 friends, decided on who would make a nice target." Undoubtedly they're hoping for a settlement from all these <i>rich</i> webmasters.

    "Oh no sir, please don't take my $3.50 a month from banner ads."

    If it was some media company that could have copyrighted jokes I might think differently.

    Or these guys are also joke site owners and are trying to lower the competition.
    The folks suing are artists that created those works - which are being used without permission. It's a pretty serious lawsuit.

    They are all well-established artists, some have even published books of their works, and all have registered their works with the copyright office.

    Bryan

  9. #9
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Crowe
    What are the being sued for exactly? I've not seen any post saying what they are being sued for. I doubt it's jokes. Most likely it's from wrongfully using copyrighted cartoons/images.
    You got it -- for using copyrighted content without permission.

    Bryan

  10. #10
    SitePoint Addict
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Did you ever get a cease & decist?

    Have you consulted with your attorney?
    Twin Dreams, Inc.
    www.twindreams.com - Professional Website Development
    www.sharky.com - Sharky's Grilling Forums!

  11. #11
    SitePoint Addict
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Posts
    353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    oops. thought it was your site. lol
    Twin Dreams, Inc.
    www.twindreams.com - Professional Website Development
    www.sharky.com - Sharky's Grilling Forums!

  12. #12
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sharky
    Did you ever get a cease & decist?

    Have you consulted with your attorney?
    It's not me, it's other sites.

    We own and operate a network of humor websites -- all with properly licensed content..

    Bryan

  13. #13
    SitePoint Wizard samsm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    Posts
    5,011
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bstrawse
    It's not me, it's other sites.
    We own and operate a network of humor websites -- all with properly licensed content.
    So why would this bother you?

    Or maybe I should ask (and I mean this seriously, not facetiously)... what's the point?

    If some sites are taking copyrighted content and offering it for profit without permission then it is pretty hard to drum up sympathy for those sites.

    Or is the deal that this suit is frivolous? I assume from what you've said so far that this isn't a group attempting to claim ownership of jokes that are basically of folk origin.

    Are there any articles about this suit?
    Using your unpaid time to add free content to SitePoint Pty Ltd's portfolio?

  14. #14
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by samsm
    So why would this bother you?

    Or maybe I should ask (and I mean this seriously, not facetiously)... what's the point?

    If some sites are taking copyrighted content and offering it for profit without permission then it is pretty hard to drum up sympathy for those sites.

    Or is the deal that this suit is frivolous? I assume from what you've said so far that this isn't a group attempting to claim ownership of jokes that are basically of folk origin.

    Are there any articles about this suit?
    I posted it because I think it's long overdue that humor webmasters that are using unlicensed content be held accountable for their actions. I don't have alot of sympathy for them.

    BRyan

  15. #15
    SitePoint Wizard samsm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    Posts
    5,011
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ok, that clears it up!

    I wonder how the suit will fly against 50megs.com

    My searching endeavors have found two references of this suit on the internet, both in that list of sites. Hmmm.
    Using your unpaid time to add free content to SitePoint Pty Ltd's portfolio?

  16. #16
    Free your mind Toly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Panama
    Posts
    2,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's the greatest thing about living outside the US. No one can sue you for that kind of stuff.
    Community Guidelines | Community FAQ

    "He that is kind is free, though he is a slave;
    he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king." - St. Augustine

  17. #17
    SitePoint Guru wild boar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    793
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So ALLLLL of these joke sites took contenet from one single site.. This one single site must be a da%n good joke website for all of these sites to take their s#$t..

    I want the url of the site that's suing.. anyone know it

  18. #18
    SitePoint Guru wild boar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    793
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    50megs.com

    it don't work nomore? it's webhosting site..

  19. #19
    SitePoint Wizard samsm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    Posts
    5,011
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wild boar
    50megs.com
    it don't work nomore? it's webhosting site..
    Yeah, it was probably a subsite of 50megs.com that was actually being sued. 50megs has tons of subsites.

    I'm curios about the source too. Initially I thought that it was ridiculous that ALL those sites had ripped off one source, now I think it was sort of a case of something getting emailed around and ending up perceived as being of folk origin combined with simple rip offs.

    I can see copyrighting a specific artistic work being copyrighted and defended which is (from my understanding) what is going on in this case, but the idea of copyrighting a joke seems kind of ridiculous to me (I hope that isn't what is happening).
    Using your unpaid time to add free content to SitePoint Pty Ltd's portfolio?

  20. #20
    SitePoint Enthusiast bstrawse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Taunton, MA
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by samsm
    Yeah, it was probably a subsite of 50megs.com that was actually being sued. 50megs has tons of subsites.

    I'm curios about the source too. Initially I thought that it was ridiculous that ALL those sites had ripped off one source, now I think it was sort of a case of something getting emailed around and ending up perceived as being of folk origin combined with simple rip offs.

    I can see copyrighting a specific artistic work being copyrighted and defended which is (from my understanding) what is going on in this case, but the idea of copyrighting a joke seems kind of ridiculous to me (I hope that isn't what is happening).
    No, it's far worse than that.

    Dan Reynolds is an accomplished cartoonist - he has found his content stolen hundreds of times and used on sites both large and small.

    This isn't a case where these artists are out to make a quick buck, they're trying to deal with those that are using their content illegally.

    Bryan
    Last edited by bstrawse; Sep 7, 2003 at 17:22.

  21. #21
    MadCool Webmaster MadCool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    611
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    hmmm i wonder if the Yo Momma jokes are copyrighted..

  22. #22
    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Melbourne Australia
    Posts
    6,282
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I know a lot of humor webmasters who use images, flash movies and even entire page designs without permission. I'm sure bstrawse knows a lot of these people too. A lot of newbie humor webmasters don't have a conscience.
    [mmj] My magic jigsaw
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Bit Depth Blog Twitter Contact me
    Neon Javascript Framework Jokes Android stuff

  23. #23
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Eric Decitis

    Eric is also suing my site or me too - will find out more- seems like he is on a lawsuit spree.

  24. #24
    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Bleys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    RI-USA
    Posts
    5,620
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, maybe not a spree since this thread is about 18 months old...

    But good luck.
    Josh is an anomaly
    rails & work & twitter

    Organization is the
    death of creativity.

  25. #25
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Sued

    If anyone else has been sued by this guy please email me at jdt@batcave.net so I know what to expect. I received no cease and decist and I really have no idea what this is for yet - but I suspect either one of my freehost users posted a cartoon or something along those lines.

    Thank you


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •