Publishers Suing Gator

from the sue-sue-sue dept

A number of online content sites have teamed up to all sue Gator, saying that the company illegally sells ads for their sites, and then walks off with the profits. Gator offers a downloadable eWallet type app that includes some annoying adware that will pop up random ads based on what page you're viewing. Sometimes these ads block out other ads already on that site. Most users don't realize where the ads come from, and assume that they're from the site itself. Thus, Gator is making money by selling advertisements on the backs of sites who don't see any of the revenue - while also blocking those sites own efforts to make revenue from advertising. Should be an interesting case. While I think what Gator does is despicable, I do wonder if it's really illegal.

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    Robert Dunn, 30 Oct 2002 @ 8:12pm

    Re: Gator...

    Amusing note on this several-months old post:
    I am filing a claim against The Gator Corporation in the amount of $5000 (maximum allowed in Small Claims in the State of New Hampshire) for the continual "drive-by downloading" of Gator Corps plugin on my system.
    I urge anyone and everyone who has had this plugin "self-install" on their system to download "AdAware" and keep the logs of every time it re-installs itself and to file suit in their home state.
    Gator will have to send a lawyer to your state to fight you or concede the point.
    It's up to you to actually collect on it, but it'll be amusing to see how many small-claims cases appear against Gator.
    When they fail to pay, file a Lien against their physical-plant and property, and when they finally go under, you will get a shot at getting your cash when they are forcefully liquidated.

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