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  • Moniker Privacy Services Named in Lawsuit Against Top Porn Site

    1. BY - Aug 25, 2011
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    More proof that providing whois proxy services isn’t free.

    Remember when a Miami blog suggested that Moniker provided child porn?

    Now Moniker is named in another porn lawsuit (pdf), and it appears the lawyers filing the case are confused. But it’s another example of why I say providing whois privacy isn’t free.

    Adult movie producer Fraserside, a division of publicly traded company Private Media Group Inc., sued “Moniker Privacy Services, dba DrTuber.com” for copyright infringement. DrTuber.com is one of the web’s most visited web sites; Alexa ranks it #409.

    Fraserside points to a number of its videos that are hosted on the explicit web site.

    Typically you’ll see a whois proxy service such as Moniker named in a lawsuit so that the service will reveal the owner. But the way the complaint is written, it appears Fraserside’s lawyers think that Moniker Privacy Services is running DrTuber.com.

    Even if the plaintiff drops Moniker once it understands the relationship, it will cost Moniker to respond…another example of the costs of providing a whois proxy service.

2 Comments
  • Time for ICANN to decide on a thin whois. Everybody happy :)

  • john neeting says:

    February 26, 2013 at 1:52 am

    This is very strange. I run a ‘hitman’ service that specialises in revealing hack attacks and cracked doors on sites for a fee. Some clients of Moniker are being hacked and cracked daily and their clients haven’t a clue. Result?, 6 figure thousands walking out the door per day in members fees and sending them broke because everyone wants to remain anonomous. If it was easy to contact actual site owners I could save then a fortune by plugging the hack holes in their site. Paranoia is killing their business

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