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I run an illegal operation, what should I do next?

Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by anime, Jun 16, 2013.

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    If you run an established, illegal website that distributes copyrighted materials (ie: http://www.icefilms.info) and rakes in $$$-$$$$ per month, what would be the best course of action to protect yourself from legal liability / consequences?

    ps: this is not my website.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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  2. vangel

    vangel Active Member

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    #2
    shutdown the site immediately and you wont face any legal consequences.
    vangel, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    #3
    is that a fact?
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    Spoiltdiva Notable Member

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    Another thing you should do is to not bring attention to it on a popular site like DP.
    Spoiltdiva, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    vangel Active Member

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    yes it is.
    Agree with Spoiltdiva. By posting your site here you have made yourself a target for DMCA and copyright trolls. Specially those who get a lot of money from organizations for spotting and taking down sites like these. good luck.
    vangel, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    browntwn Prominent Member

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    Contact a lawyer well versed in copyright infringement and as needed he/she can bring in a criminal lawyer.
    That part of your statement is not at all true. You do not get absolved of past acts of copyright infringements merely because you stop future infringement.
    No, it is not. See a lawyer for actual advice pertaining to your situation and the laws where you live.
    browntwn, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    vangel Active Member

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    I agree with you. However TS asked what he can do now to avoid legal consequences. I assumed he is not there yet. There is still time.
    vangel, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    just as i thought:
    If i continue to run the website: I am fucked
    If i shut it down: Still can get fucked

    i think i will continue to run it. thank you for the input :)
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    browntwn Prominent Member

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    This is simply not true. I don't know why you would insist on telling somebody they can't be found both civilly and criminally liable for past acts of intentional copyright infringements when they can. Shutting down the site may well be the best course of action, but you can't possibly say, "you wont face any legal consequences". It is irresponsible to give someone bad information like that.
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    also the website i posted is not mine, its just an example of one of MANY copyright infringing websites....
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    seems like ts doesnt care. end of matter
    vangel, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    That is most certainly not the conclusion I would take from what has been posted. You chances of running into a problem increase by continuing to run a site that is violating copyright. You may very well be able to minimize your exposure. You can't, however, know as a certainty that nothing will happen.
    browntwn, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    malky66 Prominent Member

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    I think it's fair to say his attempt at link spamming his crappy site may have slightly backfired on him..:rolleyes:
    malky66, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    Not my site, do you know what ie: means?
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    malky66 Prominent Member

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    So why did you say this then:

    malky66, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    because I run a similar site, not that one though. obviously im not going to post my own site here.
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    browntwn Prominent Member

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    I assumed that site was just posted as an example and he runs a similar site. That is how I read his posts - but it really doesn't matter.
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    Sounds to me like someone is trying to cover their tracks.
    Spoiltdiva, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    That is correct, my website is no where near as popular as the one i posted, but it still makes alot of money through advertisements.

    i thought if i shut it down and simply erase my website from the internet, there would be no way to pinpoint who was responsible for it and it would simply fade into history. am i mistaken?
    anime, Jun 16, 2013 IP
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    well whatever the facts i'm sure the *owner* of icefilms.info will be mightily impressed you have drawn attention to it on the internets biggest webmaster forum..
    malky66, Jun 16, 2013 IP