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Question about gossip sites and lawsuits

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Roparadise, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    I was reading about the website thedirty.com last night and the guy that runs it has been sued several times, and lost one lawsuit where he has to pay $300,000 to the "victim".

    The website is using a .com (puts it in U.S. jurisdiction)
    The website is registered with godaddy (puts it in U.S. jurisdiction)
    The website is being hosted on cloudflare(they are based in California, so U.S. jurisdiction again)
    The owner is an American resident (subject to U.S. jurisdiction)
    The owner is an American citizen (subject to U.S. jurisdiction again)

    So the website is a totally American company so it is subject to any lawsuits that originate in the United States. But what if a similar website was created(but for different gossip market) and the following was in place :

    .ru domain
    Russian register
    hosting by a Netherlands company
    Bulgarian resident
    Irish citizen.

    Would that be enough to prevent lawsuits by Americans?
     
  2. mikeoff

    mikeoff Junior Member

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    Cloudflare is not a hosting company... so his webhost may be offshore.
     
  3. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Even if its an offshore hosting company the guy was using, he is still located in america enough to have to pay that lawsuit.
     
  4. eyecandy2

    eyecandy2 Newbie

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    You can sue anyone from US, but if you can't track them down to serve documents that is one problem and if you can track down, they may not show up to court and you get an default win judgment...but how you gonna enforce them to take down a page or pay you? they do not have to comply with US laws and/or you cannot enforce it on them.