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The suit was filed last week with the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, and alleges that MySpace has broken antitrust laws by censoring competitor services.
Greenspan's new company, LiveUniverse, owns a number of internet properties, including social networking site Stickam.com and YouTube competitor Vidilife.com. He alleges that MySpace blocks users from even mentioning Stickam.com and Vidilife.com in their profiles.
He says that "any attempts by users to type the url of sites like 'stickam.com' or 'vidilife.com' into a [MySpace] blog or profile [are replaced] with '......' ".
But if they offer a members profile that invites people to list their favorites or whatever, is it right that members are allowed certain favorites and not others?
The idea of these social sites is for people to be able to discuss what they like / hate etc. - seems a little small minded to stamp on the little guy.
Mind you, he got a few cents when he sold it, and I guess he's getting good publicity by whining - I never heard of his site before today ;)
But I always support anyone who attacks Rupe; it's a Pavlov's Dog Thang.
Almost every forum or site with user generated content that I know of delete/replace/edit links to some of its competitors. What is wrong with that?
Why on earth would a community operator allow promotion of competing sites?
I've done in-person seminars in the past where competitors attempted to register, presumably to try to chat up a few potential clients; same story - I'm not willing to let them promote their business on my nickel.
Oh, and if any of y'all want me to put a link to your website on my site, just let me know, because it would be very small minded of me not to put links on it to _anyone_ that wants me to...
If MySpace Founder guy is hoping to get some great publicity for his new company, kudos to him. If he wants me to take him seriously... puh lez!
And, IMO, any of you who think MySpace should be made to allow... well, pretty much made to allow X, how would you like me telling you what to do with your website?
and when you sold, you sold it. End of story.
the model is to establish a paradigm and keep anything opposing it away.
this is why you've never seen cars which run on water, or the joe cell.
[edited by: Jesseo at 6:24 pm (utc) on Nov. 8, 2006]
Murdochs media empire influences in a highly personally opinionated way everything from sky TV subscriptions to the popularity of his favourite politicion or celeb. I am surprised his media empire does so well it is so biased towards it's own personal gains.
MySpace legally can be censored if people agree to the t's and c's. however, user generated content being pushed around, not for legal reasons or unsuitable content, but for personal gain of the Murdoch empire is evil, anti competetive and highly right wing behaviour. everything MySpace is not intended to be.
There will always be people that will want to enjoy the service provided in this walled garden but i would imagine the majority of people will wise up and move on to a new area where they are allowed to say what they want in their patch.
I liken it more to your allotment gardening space having its lychees stolen over night :)
"Greenspan alleges that the management of the company, and chief executive Richard Rosenblatt in particular, hid vital financial information about MySpace parent Intermix Media's performance in order to convince the shareholders that $580m was a fair price for the business."
"Greenspan released the report on Freemyspace.com. It claims that Intermix chief executive officer Richard Rosenblatt knew that Myspace was well on its way to becoming worth far more than but rushed the sale, misleading shareholders to believe that the company was not worth more, so that he could personally make $20 million."
That sets a precedence. Can google stop displaying search results that contain Yahoo ads. Sure, if it's in their TOS. Can a hosting company stop you from setting up a hosting review site, sure if it's in the TOS.
A TOS agreement does not supercede all other laws and regulations and let you do as you please. For example, when you park in a lot and pay a fee there is always a sign that says NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE. This does not mean if the owners are negligent an damage occurs to your vehicle you can't sue, and win.
If doing what Myspace does violates anti-trust laws, then it doesnt matter what the TOS says.