MySpace Founder Tries Again To Get More Money Out Of Murdoch; This Time Claims Antitrust Violations
from the good-luck-with-that-plan dept
Brad Greenspan simply doesn’t know when to give up. The former CEO of Intermix, the parent company of MySpace, who apparently was more focused on pushing spyware than building the MySpace community, apparently will stop at nothing in trying to get more money out of News Corp. He already spent well over a year claiming that Rupert Murdoch underpaid for Intermix/MySpace. A month ago, the courts told him to knock it off, as it was pretty clear that a perfectly legitimate deal had been reached between the companies. His latest move is to sue Fox and MySpace, claiming antitrust violations for blocking all references and links to his new company. MySpace, of course, has a long and well documented history of clumsily blocking any service they think might compete with their own offerings. Of course, this kind of blocking is silly, only likely to piss people off (or give them opportunities to get free publicity) and does little to help make people trust MySpace. It’s hard to see why they bother trying. However, doing something that’s stupid and bad for business doesn’t mean that it’s illegal. It seems highly unlikely that any court would find an antitrust violation in this kind move, simply because there’s no actual monopoly here. But, why would Greenspan let that stop him from yet another attempt to get more money out of Rupert Murdoch and free advertising for his own startup (not named here for a reason) at the same time?