UK anti-scam site forced offline

By Justin Mann on January 23, 2006, 11:02 AM
It's easy to step on people's toes these days, even when your intent is to help and inform. A website based in the U.K. That allegedly had copyrighted material on their website was attempting to inform companies about a large-scale, international business directory scam, has been taken offline by their web host, Server Centre. A company named “Wragge & Co”, an advertising agency of sorts, made complaint after complain until Server Centra relented.

"We then had a number of letters from Wragge and other law firms requesting that the site was taken offline; if the site was not taken offline Server Centre Limited could be liable for damages. "The site was then taken offline, as my infrastructure provider then started receiving the threats. Neither company can afford to go to court over this and so we had no choice but to turn the site off."
Wragge & Co is under investigation, though copyrighted material is still copyrighted and when you start attacking a companies source of revenue you must be aware they will come after you, whether or not you are in the right. It's a sad sight when a group of scammers can push the good guys out of the business.




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nathanskywalker said:
[quote]Wragge & Co is under investigation, though copyrighted material is still copyrighted and when you start attacking a companies source of revenue you must be aware they will come after you, whether or not you are in the right. It's a sad sight when a group of scammers can push the good guys out of the business. [/quote]One instance of a corporation using it's infulence the wrong way. Not that you could posibbly expect a corporation to simply give up their profits. This really is a shame. Someone tries to inform other "freedom of speech" (even though this is not based in the U.S) about security problems and such. Well moreso it seem that they were attempting to keep a company from stealing from other companies, which is a good and noble goal. Would be nice for them if they could have really proved something, then mabye some of the companies that had been stolen from would have supported the, mabye not, but anyway they gave it a shot. Way to go guys!
MonkeyMan said:
That's unfortunate. That's why it is best for people to do extensive research before creating business moves. You have to be sure that your material is original, and also that you be careful with the content that you include in your advertisements. I guess you just can't help some ppl, I guess they would rather you keep your beneficial ideas to yourself.
asphix said:
People always take advantage of the law and bend it to their benefit, even if it is out of the moral spectrum. Look at all the lawsuits that happen in the US. Suing over spilling hot coffee on yourself? Granted, the coffee was abnormally hot.. but YOU still spilt it on YOURSELF! Same for the theif who sued by injuring himself while breaking into a property.The world is full of politics and in order to be a player you need to be very skillful at reading between the lines.. wether your are doing bad, or fighting those you see as doing the bad. Its sad news, if in fact this site was truely helpful to people. Hopefully lesson learned and in the future they will be more skillful.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by asphix:[/b][quote]People always take advantage of the law and bend it to their benefit, even if it is out of the moral spectrum. Look at all the lawsuits that happen in the US. Suing over spilling hot coffee on yourself? Granted, the coffee was abnormally hot.. but YOU still spilt it on YOURSELF! Same for the theif who sued by injuring himself while breaking into a property.The world is full of politics and in order to be a player you need to be very skillful at reading between the lines.. wether your are doing bad, or fighting those you see as doing the bad. Its sad news, if in fact this site was truely helpful to people. Hopefully lesson learned and in the future they will be more skillful.[/quote]Only in America eh? THats a bit stupid, sueing over spilt ccofee and that thing about the thief, i don't know but please say he lost the case or i don't know what to do. America has such a stupid law system really, the American people deserve better than this. THe English have a much better system save for one or two things that need minor fixing.
Race said:
I don't get it. This sounds like rubbish to me.What was 'Server Center' afraid of? If all material in question was removed from the site, why did they cave in to these slimeballs ( a company called Novachannel AG)?.....after all, it appears they are all show and no go anyway.From what I've learned, Novachannel sends out very direct and urgent threats, both from themselves and their associated debt collection companies. Apparently, no one that has refused to pay has actually been taken to court, so the threats have passed without any action being taken.In short, they more likely are bluffing those trying to expose them with scare tactics.I'm somewhat disappointed that 'Server Center' didn't stand up for themselves, considering the source.At any rate, I hope the on-going investigation yields something positive, and Novachannel is forced to change its ways.
exscind said:
In today's world, being right is irrelevant if there is no legality to back it up. Sadly, that is the case here. The anti-scam website should have researched on what they can publish and what they cannot; it is unfortunate when a scam site wins, but that is simply the result of incomplete and improper inquisition. Hopefully Wragge & Co will be found responsible for their alleged crime, if any. And this should teach that U.K. anti-scam site to know what they can do and what they can't do so they can bring down scam sites without trespassing the law.
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