Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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?

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    the winking lizard, 3 Nov 2006 @ 8:32pm

    Isn't it some Youtube wannabe knockoff that's not going anywhere anyways?

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    joe johnson, 3 Nov 2006 @ 11:16pm

    not stupid or clumsy

    myspace blocks links for security violations, pornography and copyright violation. if you check your sources, they responded to this complaint by saying Universal Music Group (UMG) had complained to myspace about Greenspan's site violating their copyrights.

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    Davis Freeberg, 4 Nov 2006 @ 12:32am

    What A Cry Baby

    He never had to take his company public and he was never forced to sell to Fox. He saw a bunch of zeros and jumped at the chance to cash in. After the fact it looks like he sold for too little, but he could have just as easilly been greedy and turned out like Facebook too. Considering how much money he ended up making off the deal, it seems ridiculous for him to keep whining about Murdoch, even if he's not getting any link love from them.

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    boss hog, 4 Nov 2006 @ 2:22am

    he's crazy

    The guy is paranoid, nuts and was kicked off the board of directors long before the sale to fox. He's a loser.

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    Ajax 4Hire, 4 Nov 2006 @ 6:36am

    You can sue anyone for anything..

    A lawyer will tell you that you can bring a law suit against anyone for anything. Lawyer is more than happy to take your money and issue the law suit. Its not the lawyers fault that people are law suit happy, it is the system that has no punishment for this behavior.

    On one hand, I do not want to discourage real greviance settlement in court by the little guy, but this is too much.

    I hear calls for loser pays law suit laws but this simply means that the one with the most money, lawyers and time wins.

    Look how SCO is able to drag on what appears to be a Billion dollar grab at IBM.

    I sure would like to see some sense brought into the justice system. Common sense is not so common.

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    PeopleGeek, 4 Nov 2006 @ 2:53pm

    My Space

    I am sure Rupert is very intimidated as he is known as an indecisive jelly fish by everyone and has no business sense at all. This guy will be lucky if Rupert does not come to his house and kill his golden retriever in front of his kids to prove a point.

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    Daisy Leman, 4 Nov 2006 @ 5:00pm

    Brad Greenspan

    He is a total joke. He caused all the problems at Intermix, I used to work there, and blamed the management. Without the former CEO (Richard) the company would be bankrupt and Myspace would never exist today. And, brad made 50mm dollars or more and keeps complaining. What a loser.

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    David Dule, 4 Nov 2006 @ 5:02pm

    Re: My Space

    Brad could never have a dog. He would probably blame it for selling Myspace. Lunatic.

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    Bob Saget, 4 Nov 2006 @ 6:57pm

    MySpace: by losers, for losers.

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    py, 5 Nov 2006 @ 7:02pm


    Angelina Jolie is simply an unadulterated adultering slut. She is the premium yeasty-twat twit-whore. This hypocritical seeker of sloppy homewrecking seconds should invest in liposculpture of those gnarly scrotum-sausage lips to fund her exoskeleton of a bony arse, so her head might be better nestled while crammed inextricably up there.

    You festering baby-napper...we should try to be glad for your exotic child swiping if it limits your urge to propagate your own maggot genes, as the bad apple does not fall far from the nasty mutant family tree. Case in point: you have your father's bizarre, exaggerated facial twists and pus-bucket cheating heart. May you grow a male appendage so that you can go defile yourself in the way so many command you to. Pig.

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    The Cobnobbler, 5 Nov 2006 @ 9:51pm

    Re: myspace

    That came from left field, eh?

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    DreadedOne509, 6 Nov 2006 @ 4:18am


    Dude, seriously, get your meds and take them.

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    just me, 12 Apr 2007 @ 6:33pm

    Honestly it's just MySpace. It is not a job. some people need to get a life! Starting with this guy. lol sheesh

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    hahaha, 3 Nov 2007 @ 12:47am

    Brad's NEw Startup

    Yeah he is a loser. I used to work for his new startup and its a nightmare! He was never there, blamed everyone, including employees, for everything...The employees morale is extremely low. When I met him all he talked about was the models he dates. Great! What a jackass. So glad I left that shithole of a zoo he calls a company. He got kicked out of Myspace for a reason. Myspace sold for what it was worth at the time and he is mad about that...

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