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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by imlol, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. imlol

    imlol Regular Member

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    If I have a membership site that I charge for. All the content is from youtube and facebook, hosted on my site?

    Basically, is that illegal? Ive been reading but if anyone has any experience or knows for sure that would help me out.
     
  2. jerzydawg

    jerzydawg Supreme Member

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    Yes, it is illegal. You are stealing copyrighted work (technically) and charging for it.
     
  3. imlol

    imlol Regular Member

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    What if the content is on various places on the internet uploaded by users.

    Is it the charging part that makes it illegal? If I had a content locker would I be ok?


    edit: Lets say you charge for a membership that provides videos that could easily be viral and never went viral? Obviously, those had to be uploaded by someone else at some point.
     
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    pf69.com Junior Member

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    you can be sued... but most likely you won't...
     
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    Simas9 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The absolutely worst scenario would be if someone would contact you and ask you to delete those videos...I think you have more chances to be killed by an elephant than to be sued for this.
     
  6. Drink More Tea

    Drink More Tea Regular Member

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    It's probably not illegal, but it might be unlawful, depending on where you live. To protect your internet real estate, have the domain registered and hosted outside countries which have Draconian laws against content sharing.
     
  7. imlol

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    Yea, I thought I would get a cease and desist first. Then if I dont do anything I would get sued.

    Unfortunately I didnt set it up like that from the beginning because its not bad. The problem is someone has found my info and I guess they dont like it. The good things is a lot of my info is out of date except I think I used my first name.
     
  8. jerzydawg

    jerzydawg Supreme Member

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    You don't always get a C&D first. You can be sued right away without one. There is no law that says you must get a C&D before you go to court.

    Some guy on here had a auto blog (he wasn't even charging it) and his blog posted some content and some images from one of his blogs so the dude got sued for it. No C&D involved.

    Don't waste your time unless it is going to be unique and fresh content. If you do ever happen to end up in legal trouble no matter what, you will regret the work you put into the site.
     
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