Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2010 @ 2:12pm obviously, (in my opinion)
A. is a lawyer,
B. is litigiously over stimulated, and/or
C. Just doesn't get it
Knowing the IP Address of the computer where an Internet post originated is useless. The most it can tell you is what ISP they were using. Dynamic Addresses change all the time. My Address could be xxx.xxx.xxx.xx1 today and if I don't login for 3 days it WILL be a different the next time I log in and the xx1 address will be assigned to another user.
Also IF after you get the IP address from google, you then have to get the ISP to give up the account info that the xx1 address was assigned to on a given day. That is going to take a court order as well.
Then you STILL don't know who posted it. If that xx1 address belongs to a company it could be anyone of 100's or 1000's of PC's and they are not going to tell you anything with out a 3rd order.
If it belongs to an individual there could be many computers in that house or an Ipod or Iphone, So even if you get to the actual device that posted, Can you prove WHO posted? not likely! and IF you do, what are you going get out of it?
UMMM... you do pay for it. that the Ebay fee... but then, and this is where they get you, to actually get the Money you then have to pay for that as WELL as the listing on email. Oh then if your bank wants to they can charge for the transfer to you account so that you can actually USE the money which will take 3-5 days to get AFTER the buyer has paid.
Look it up. Its FAR from free.
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