"Is Anybody Down?
November 17, 2012 12:38 PM Subscribe
posted by ericb (80 comments total)
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"A website called 'Is Anybody Down
' [front page SFW]
has popped up to fill the niche that was left when the revenge porn site 'Is Anyone Up
' shut down in April of this year. Like its predecessor, the site allows users to submit naked photos of other people and include links to the naked person's social networking page. But according to [First Amendment lawyer] Marc Randazza
, this website's business model is slightly different from 'Is Anyone Up,' and is of questionable legality."*
On the website there is an advertisement with an offer: For $250
you can take advantage of "Is Anybody Down's" Takedown Hammer: Professional Content Removal Request Services
represented by "so-called-attorney" David Blade who will work with the management of the site to expunge your photo(s). BTW -- Blade, himself, has a website called 'TakedownHammer.com
Marc Randazza did some digging
"[T]urns out that there’s no David Blade licensed as a lawyer in New York, and that the same dude — Craig Brittain — owns isanyonedown.com and takedownlawyer.com."*
Randazza and other attorneys are offering their legal services pro bono
to victims to remove their "Is Anybody Down" photos in those states where they are licensed to practice.
"But now Craig Brittain is angry [at the press and blog coverage of his business]. Very angry." *
Brittain has been issuing DMCA takedown notices and other legal threats against websites like Techdirt
Brittain's rationale for running the site:
I earn a modest living. I give all of my earnings to my family and to Chance [ed.: that's Chance Trahan, his partner in the site], except for maintenance expenses for this website. Furthermore, I really hate this job and I do not do it for revenge, to hurt people, etc., I do it because Barack Obama is the second worst President in US history (second only to Jimmy Carter). The job market is really screwed up. A talented guy like me is easily worth seven figures or more in a good economy (if Randazza’s worth $2.5 million, I’m worth at least $8 million)."*
with Marc Randazza and website co-founder Craig Brittain.
Randazza e-mail exchange
with "attorney David Blade" [PDF].