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Is it illegal?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by TheRallymethod, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. TheRallymethod

    TheRallymethod Junior Member

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    I know that selling Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo Answer accounts is probably not acceptable by Facebook, Twitter or YAHOO. However, is it considered illegal? Are there any WARNINGS out there?
     
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    Not illegal at all.

    Any material wealth can be freely bought/sold/traded. There is no crime without a law that defines it. I forget the latin phrase that goes with that ;)
     
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    How about the services that we offer, such as IG followers, likes, and the same goes Twitter, Facebook, etc. How is that seen in the eyes of the law?
     
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    I only asked because I see a lot of BH's who makes a lot of money by selling their social networks with millions of followers, I just wanted to make sure it wasn't illegal, incase I ever thought about doing it. It seems like a lot of work , so I think I'll pass anyway.
     
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    Theodore Power Member

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    Its not illegal, but Mrblackjack is correct they can sue you and have been known to, but really wouldnt worry about it. They only go after the biggies that cause them a lot of trouble.
     
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    Yeah, civil lawsuits are open to anyone really but it's not at all specific to what we do in IM. You can be sued for similar reasons anywhere in real life.
     
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    Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege poenali
     
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    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    not sure if that is Jurisprudence or probably
    Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege poenali
    [There exists] no crime [and] no punishment without a pre-existing penal law
    nulla poena sine lege no penalty without a law , One cannot be prosecuted for doing something that is not prohibited by law.

    and yes, you are 100% correct :)

    edit: just noticed another member posted similar answer lol @ us for doing our legal bit today :)
     
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    CodingAndStuff Regular Member

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    While violating a sites Terms of Service/TAC isn't against the law, doing so will give them the incentive to file a lawsuit against you. In the US you can sue anybody for anything - even if you don't have a case or plan to win. It's just kind of how the country works for some reason.

    That being said, Perkins & Coie has a nice habit of sending cease and desist orders to people that don't properly align with federal guidelines on how C&D's should be structured. In your standard C&D letter you're supposed to ask the offenders to stop abusing X or you'll be facing a lawsuit. In the C&D's Perkins & Coie send out, they demand that you:


    • Give them any money you've made while operating the services/campaigns they believe you've abused
    • Give them access to your customers data (emails, passwords, addresses, contact information, order information, etc)
    • Give them your intellectual property (source code, infrastructure, etc)
    • Give them a list of all of your contacts who do similar things (this is a big no-no, but everybody always caves in at this point and it just contributes to the domino effect that they're looking for)
    • Demand that you meet a list of outrageous criteria for eternity

    This is not allowed. If you receive a C&D from anybody that asks for anything above, you can ignore it. All in all, if you do get a Cease & Desist letter from anyone, technically you don't have to do anything. You can ignore it and comply, respond and only comply with the basic terms they want met (ie: stop spamming them :p ), or ignore it entirely and risk a lawsuit if they're super-serious and think you're worth their time.

    Source: I've recieved C&D's from many, many companies and I've never been sued. Consult with your attorney before even responding if you get one to figure out what is best for your current situation. I'm just a guy on the internet - not a lawyer.
     
  13. xJuanitoSmurf

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    Right on that would listen to mrblackjack.
     
  14. xJuanitoSmurf

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    my opinion but who knows:p