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9:22 pm on Sep 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's ok I'm not looking for legal advice as such, just the best way to go about this.

A friend used to be part of a company.. he no longer wants to be even associated with them , yet they continue to advertise him as an associate on their website and refuse to remove it, they also are using one of his projects as an example of the work they do when in fact he was not involved with them when he did this project and wants that removed also..

Some questions that spring to mind are..

1, is the webmaster legally responsible for the content.
2, can he complain to their host and threaten removing the site?
3, What action can be taken to let them know he's serious before going for legal / expensive mthods

I'd be grateful for your thoughts and / or experience on this matter...

This is a UK company

[edited by: Lobo at 9:24 pm (utc) on Sep. 30, 2006]

9:35 pm on Sept 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From the way you described it, the company is attempting to profit from the former employee's name and work.

This situation sounds like a good example of why an attorney would send a notice to Cease and Desist.

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yip I understand that is a possibility, but before money is given to an attorney what measures could be made before hand to make them see sense?
7:00 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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No one got a clue either lol :-(
7:05 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well other then some rather unscrupulous methods that I can think of that would just come off as vendictive I really don't have much as far as a viable solution.

I can't imagine it costing more then 1 hours billing time from a lawyer to get this taken care of. (You would hope)

If the company is large or popular then the media may have some influence, for example a story in the local paper about false advertising and disinformation may peak a reports interest. Again if this is a "no-name" company then there wouldn't be much motivation for a news story to go through.

I would love to hear how this turns out.

[edited by: Demaestro at 7:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 3, 2006]

7:10 pm on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They could possibly be sued for libel... I'd chat with an attorney if I where he.
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So you think there is no possibility of complaining to their host for illegal content? I thought perhaps an email from their host may spark some interest..

or reminding the webmaster that he would be also held liable?