Operators of Cheaterville file $40 Million Dollar copyright suit against BadBoyReport.com

Cheaterville VS BadBoyReport

ViaView Inc./Cheaterville VS BadBoyReport Copyright Suit

The phones started to ring a couple months ago from past clients who had been removed from the Cheaterville.com website via arbitration who were now concerned that the same post had popped up on a site called BadBoyReport.com (BadBoyReport.kr). We did some investigation and quickly discovered that profiles posted to Cheaterville.com were being copy/scraped almost immediately and verbatim to the Bad Boy site.

Its also funny to note that on the Bad Boy site they request

“BadBoyReport.com, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to BadBoyReport.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.”

It didnt take James Mcgibney (Cheaterville.com owner) long to find out what was going on and the below is what has transpired thus far.

*PS – this is nothing new, it has been happening in the mugshot world for many years now – http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/08/mugshots/

http://www.cheaterville.com/?page=press&id=318

Operators of Cheaterville.com Have Filed a $40 Million Copyright Suit Against BadBoyReport.com

 

LAS VEGAS — Operators of Cheaterville.com have filed a $40 million copyright suit against BadBoyReport.com, a rival social network site that is alleged to have “scraped” cheaters’ data and photos.

 

The suit, filed at U.S. District Court in Las Vegas by attorney Ronald Green of Randazza Legal Group, says that BadBoyReport lifts its content by an automated process known as “scraping.”

 

Cheaterville’s website has operated for two years by allowing users to create accounts with the service, and then create profiles for known “cheaters” — those who have been involved with violating the fidelity of an exclusive relationship — with user-generated  written, picture and video content.

 

BadBoyReport, according to archive records, has been on the web for several months and includes categories for cheaters, criminals and escort bad boys.

 

Cheaterville notes in its suit that BadBoyReport, based in South Korea, operates Slander911, a service that will remove posts if it is paid $499 through a U.S. PayPal account.

 

Even posts that have been adjudicated as false or defamatory remain up unless the target pays up, the suit said.

 

“The increased  traffic BadBoyReport realizes from displaying its unlawfully obtained content from Cheaterville and using its trademarks in commerce without authorization leads to an increased number of removal fees, costing customers of Slander911 at least $499, and donations third parties make to BadBoyReport through PayPal, as compared to the donations BadBoyReport would receive without using Cheaterville’s intellectual property,” the suit said.

 

Cheaterville, operated by parent company ViaView Inc., has asked for statutory damages of $25,000 per copyright violation for a total of $40 million, plus unspecified punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. It also has asked the court to place a registry lock on BadBoyReport to freeze all PayPal assets pending the outcome of the case.

 

 

Click the link below to view lawsuit in pdf format:

 

ViaView-vs-BadBoyReport.com