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Legal to use an assumed name these days for IM?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by hun73r, May 29, 2010.

  1. hun73r

    hun73r Junior Member

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    Since the FTC has gone a bit crazy with their power lately, I'm wondering if it is legal to create a pen name or persona for internet marketing.

    Sure Mark Twain did it but that was over 100 years ago. More recently [email protected] [email protected] admitted he is really eb3n [email protected] But again that was 4 years ago. What do you guys think - is it legal according to these new FTC crackdowns on IMers/ testimonials or too risky?

    Btw, I don't mean just writing an ebook under an assumed name but a full blown persona with videos etc like deanglo did.
     
  2. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    like the rich jerk... :D
     
  3. user_8000

    user_8000 Newbie

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    Not sure if it's legal or not, but I don't care either way.
    I have a couple of pen names and don't plan on using my real one for IM anytime soon.

    In my case(not residing in the US) I can just move my webhosting elsewhere if the crap hits the fan.
     
  4. kboxer7

    kboxer7 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good question...bump for an answer. I am launching a quite controversial business in about 2 weeks, and while completely legal....I do not wish to use my real name/persona for anything related to it.
     
  5. MrDetails

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    I'm fairly certain that the CAN SPAM act in the US prohibits email accounts etc under 'false' names. As in your real name is Mark Markerson and you have an email account saying your really David Davidson, that's illegal.

    But don't hold me to that
     
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    Who knows, they would love a chance to name you 'john doe' though
     
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    nambooooo Regular Member

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    As far as I got the whole FTC deal is that it's not illegal to use a pen name / fake persona but you have to put a disclaimer on the website stating that this is a fictional character. I might be wrong on that, that's what I want to find out. Also, would like to find a template of a such disclaimer. I've been looking on some of the obvious fake persona blogs promoting aff products but didn't see any disclaimer.

    So, yeah, bump on this thread. Anybody knows?
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