Lawyer Blames Ars Readers For Hack Attempts
Gareth Andrews / 2 years ago
The web is a large place, with lots of people saying a lot of things on it. Not all of these things are nice, just a few bad people can quickly make the internet seem like a horrible place. While action can be taken, it is often difficult as people saying nasty things online often hide behind fake accounts and proxies to mask where they are actually connecting from, if its even in the same country as the agency trying to find them. In this case though a lawyer is taking action against several people after claiming that an online article was “defamatory”.
At the start of this story is a lawsuit by one man against three others, over the fact that the names of their trademarks may be too close. This is not an uncommon story, what with Bethesda taking action against Mojang over the fact that their new game ‘Scrolls’ could be confused with the Elder Scrolls Series. In this case, these names are “CaseRails”, “CaseWebs” and “CaseSpace”, with “CaseRails” being the only one not owned by Sanford Asman, the man taking action over the possible confusion. In an action to express his point of view regarding the matter; Asman decided to speak to Ars Technica about the problem, he does however disagree with how the article was written (the article can be viewed here).
Apparently the defendants, in his now amended complaint, state that CaseRails CEO Erik Dykema and several others may have encouraged the website to write “derogatory comments”. Examples given are the writing of “Ass Man” in the comments section and the creation of a website that uses Sanford’s name to direct users to an external website with no official affiliation, endorsement or permission from Sanford Asman. After the article was published, Sanford says his websites came under attack and was harassed as a result of the deformation that had occurred.
With both parties involved being intellectual property lawyers the case may be set to drag out, with the initial argument about naming possibly becoming overshadowed by the amended status talking about the negative comments posted online.
Thank you Ars Technica for the information.
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