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Fake game beta page. Might get sued?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Youmote, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Youmote

    Youmote Newbie

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    Hello!

    I have a website that collects peoples emails. They think they are signing up for the beta. When i have enough emails i send out a link with a content lock.

    They dont get the keys.


    Now. Some guy told me i can get sued for faking the beta website. How is this possible? Im not using any official material.
     
  2. everythingred

    everythingred Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If you're using the game's name, you are violating use of their trademark.
     
  3. sean14592

    sean14592 Newbie

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    Of course you can get sued, if your attempting to impersonate a company for personal gain
     
  4. Youmote

    Youmote Newbie

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    Ouch... How big are the chances of getting sued? Im getting good ranking on Google and pretty decent views. Dont want to waste all my work
     
  5. johndea

    johndea Regular Member

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    This sounds like a really stupid idea, for the reasons that other posters have mentioned.
     
  6. w84it

    w84it Regular Member

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    You live in the USA? prepare ur angus otherwise who gives a shit.
     
  7. kboxer7

    kboxer7 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I second that...if you are in the U.S. then this may just come back to bite you. A few ways to protect you some:

    1. Offshore/anon servers for sure
    2. Fake info used as well as a VCC when paying for the server as well as the domain name.
    3. Proxies/VPNs when loging into them, etc...

    If they really want to get you they will though.

    Maybe some disclaimers in small print saying that you are only providing a "method" to apply to be a betta tester with no guarantees.

    Have it be a shitty ebook that is password protected (they only find out it's only an ebook once they unlock the content locker).

    In the ebook simple compile contact lists of all major gaming studios, gaming webmasters, etc. and give them an example email they can send to them requesting to be a "beta tester."

    You still make money, and this may just eliminate some risks. Greyhat, but not blackhat at this point.