GoDaddy Sued For $100 Million Because A Website Put Up Copyrighted Photos Of Michael Jackson?

from the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up dept

Honestly, if I wanted to make up this sort of stuff, I couldn't. Apparently domain registrar GoDaddy has been sued for $100 million by a guy who claims to hold the copyright on some photos of Michael Jackson, which appeared on a website with the domain MichaelJacksonCasino.com. Now, I could see a right of publicity argument from the Michael Jackson estate, and maybe there's even a copyright lawsuit for the copyright holder... but they would be against whoever created the website, not GoDaddy. In this lawsuit, I would imagine GoDaddy's lawyers will quickly point out the pertinent DMCA safe harbors and that will be that.


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    bob563 (profile), Aug 4th, 2010 @ 6:15am

    Obviously...

    ...he chose to sue GoDaddy because the actually HAVE $100 million bucks. It doesn't matter if they are responsible or not in the world of shotgun lawsuits (sue everyone and see who pays).

     

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    NullOp, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 6:27am

    $$$

    We can only hope this guy loses his suit! I am so sick of the low-life money grubbers!

     

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    Cohen (profile), Aug 4th, 2010 @ 6:51am

    Losing a suit

    Not only do I hope he loses his lawsuit. I do hope they take away his suit. And perhaps his shirt, tie, shoes, and socks. These guys should be paraded out of court in their underwear.

     

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    Riseven, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 6:52am

    Terms of Service change

    That could be the reason behind this change in GoDaddy terms of service notification email that I received yesterday:

    "We recently made changes to the Universal Terms of Service Agreement affecting your Go Daddy products and services. These changes include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Section 5 (Your Use of Go Daddy Content and User Content) and Section 6 (Go Daddy's Use of User Content)

    We added language to clarify that the applicable provisions are not intended to and do not have the effect of transferring any ownership or licensed rights (including intellectual property rights) you may have in content posted to your hosted websites. ...."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 7:01am

    Yea but will the Judge really listen. I seriously doubt it.

     

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    mike allen (profile), Aug 4th, 2010 @ 8:04am

    Re:

    so do I
    The only way to tackle and stop all this crap is to collectivly tell the lawyers and the court stick it up your ass. \Yes i am talking global disabediance.

     

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    sumquy, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 8:45am

    I think you do yourself a disservice. You absolutely could make this stuff up if you tried. Here, I'll give you a template to get you started.

    [Name generic non responsible party here] Sued For [Put huge sum of money here] Because A Website Put Up Copyrighted [put generic IP here] Of [Put generic big corporation here] on the internet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 8:45am

    Re: Re:

    You would think the courts themselves would be getting sick of this, and passing rulings that discourage wasting their time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 9:47am

    You know what's more. I own 80% of Facebook!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 10:09am

    Re: $$$

    As much as I hate "low-life money grubbers", I think I just might hate Bob Parsons more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 10:10am

    Re: Re: $$$

    Wait? Aren't they one in the same? Now I'm confused.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 4th, 2010 @ 5:44pm

    Re:

    Sadly, I only own 2.7% of Facebook. I'm very jealous of all the 50%+ owners out there.

     

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    Marwan Williams, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:24pm

    This is nonsense

    If they included the (c) copyright information at the bottom of the photos they should be ok. But also, if they are put on a webpage, they become copyrighted again by the owner of the site. There are companies out there that search for copyrighted material everyday to find something copyrighted.

     

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    Marwan Williams, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:24pm

    This is nonsense

    If they included the (c) copyright information at the bottom of the photos they should be ok. But also, if they are put on a webpage, they become copyrighted again by the owner of the site. There are companies out there that search for copyrighted material everyday to find something copyrighted.

     

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    BestGames (profile), Jan 16th, 2011 @ 12:59pm

    Totally stupid. Any fool can sue anyone for anything. The US legal system seems to be a joke and a game best played by well monied corporations.

     

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