It’s kind of unique being hated. The person who hates uses energy and creativity and it’s all focused at you. I have been a community activist all my life and have some pretty good credentials. So when a young person started hating me relative to the general election, I figured it went with the territory. I didn’t care too much except that it bothered my wife to hear and read about me being defamed. However, when the vailed death threat showed up my wife nearly had a nervous breakdown. So I did the logical, I went to whois, found out it was a stealth registration and aprroached Yahoo! about shutting down the site. I fillled out their complaint form which took about 2 hours to find with a 2 day delay because I sent the complaint to the wrong department on the first try. The second attempt is below.
Name: John Boyd
Area: Web Hosting
Please provide us some details.
“The site defames me in blog comments
without reference to all my credentials
which are presented on
It has started to advocate physical
violence towards me on its home page. I
do not believe that you should host this
site without my lawyer having access to
the name of the owner.”
Now I really didn’t ask for much, Just the name of the person defaming me. After all when you present the following statement to a cult which averages less than a high school education you should be prepared for the worse. After all how many ways would a third grader interpret: “The only poll we want to hear about mentioned in the same sentance with your name is the figurative pole that we the electorate will shove down your extortionist throat.”
Now just as haters ought to be banned fronm the internet so should Corporate auto responders.
I love the response from Yahoo!:
“please be advised that Yahoo! Domains complies with third-party subpoenas seeking information that pertains to the identities of given subscribers, within the limits
of the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. ? 2701
et seq., and state law.
We recognize that you may be disappointed with this response, however,
it is consistent with federal law. Congress enacted the Communications
Decency Act of 1996 (“CDA”), which provides that online service
providers may remove, edit or not remove or edit content, in their sole
discretion, in recognition of the unique role of online service
providers such as Yahoo! Domains. Simply stated, this federal statute
protects online service providers from any liability for third-party
statements, or for the removal or failure to remove such statements. See
also, Zeran v. America Online, Inc., 129 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 1997), cert.
denied, ___ U.S.___ (1998).
Should you have further questions regarding this matter, you may direct
them in writing to:
701 First Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Customer Care.”
Of course the issue at hand is a Federal Election which is covered by another set of laws that prohibit defaming or threatening known community activists. I did learn one thing though. If I wanted to start a hate site against a candidate with only a month to go to the election, I would host it in as a private registration at Yahoo! – it will take a month to get through the legal manure and in the meantime I can say whatever I want.
You got to love Yahoo! They live in “the best of all possible worlds” because they did everything right and obeyed the law at hand. Joe Stalin and Adolph Hitler thought they did the same.