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 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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Riseven (profile) says:

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. ….”

sumquy says:

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.

Ember Autumn Rose Leona (user link) says:

The laws are terrible ie change business name for immunity.

Sometimes he just needs to add et al to the lawsuit because he may not be able to find out the webhosts information. If godaddy is hosting the material then they are also responsible in a way. A loop hole would be using a third party site to host images.

The “law is not enforceable” is a common phrase used which proves how law enforcement needs improvement. 1st I suggest law school for law officers and any public school student. Then perhaps the laws will be enforced and/or abided by.

But more important is freedom of speech in court and public recording of court to ensure integrity and undermine corruption. What is the point of court if you are denied the first amendment right to speak by a Judge that swore an oath to uphold the constitution. see article at and’s website for sale page.

Also my gofundme and sites (now spoof website) are concealed. I wanted to sue for these rights. and

Lastly, I have paid for Domain Buy and Backorder and I have watched my website change ownership 3 times. From to to I need to sue them as well.

openInvent (user link) says:

Stupid Legal System

A good tactic for case law generation to deny a Judge the judgment would be to lose cases on purpose to get caselaw in support of your [clients’] cause.

Sadly, a judge today has less authority than a [Slaveholder] Probation/Parole officer (see CA Penal 181). Also a psychiatrist has more power than a Judge see the Mental Competency of the LA Clippers owner for example. In two words “Mentally Incompetent” you lose the right to own property and even your wife loses here 50% share of commutative property per CA law.

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