Your Questions About Anonymous

Susan asks…

What should I do? An anonymous letter was sent to my organization maliciously destroying my integrity?

Recently, my organization head received an anonymous letter saying I did extortion and accepted bribe money for the past two years? The writer is unknown, no address, and it mentions no specific victim of extortion. It contains no lead to a fact of the complain. Honestly, I did not do any such unethical acts!. My supervisor and boss said they will review the over a thousand cases of my work for the past two years, and I am not afraid. What will I do? Who could have done this to me?

barry0912 answers:

You may never know who sent the letter. While its normal to wonder, it can also drive you crazy.

The most important thing in this situation is to remain calm, keep your cool, smile, cooperate and go about your work. Do not allow the inquiry to interfere with your continuing to do a good job.

Second, your organization should contain any possible damage to your reputation. If they feel the need to look into the letter, then fine. Not knowing all the facts, its hard to say if they are acting correctly in even responding this way. They should, however, act in a manner that respects your reputation. The inquiry should be limited to what’s necessary to produce results, and the people involved should be limited only to those that can offer necessary and relevant information and / or have an absolute need to know in order to complete the inquiry. That’s normally legal, HR, your supervisor(s) and other employees that have direct and personal knowledge of important facts. They should do what’s necessary to finish the inquiry as soon as reasonably possible so everyone can put the incident behind the organization.

The specific rules on these matters differ by country and state. Also, the allegations can be criminal, which is fairly serious. I would consider consulting with an employment lawyer in your area. I would avoid involving counsel in the discussions with your employer, and I might even hesitate to make public the fact you are consulting with counsel. That tends to put the discussion on an adversarial footing, some people will react negatively (assume you have something to hide), and it may appear as if your concerned and not cooperating. Having said that, getting some advice in the background is always a good thing … And you can work with your counsel on when, or if, its ever reasonable to involve him / her in the matter.

Good Luck.

Chris asks…

How do I become truly anonymous on the internet?

I already use tor what else can I do because I heard of the government getting passed tor’s security. Is there a computer I can by that is without IP or something. I currently have a mac book are there settings I should turn off or on. How do I become truly anonymous on the internet?

barry0912 answers:

If you don’t have an IP address then it is physically impossible for you to be on the internet. End of story.

The best option would be to use Tor AND pay for a professional VPN that DOES NOT keep any IP records period (some do even though they say they protect identity). Additionally use a browser which randomizes the user agent per every webpage, does not keep cookies, and does not support java.

True anonymity is impossible without getting into a main internet line without the use of an ISP.

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Your Questions About Anonymous Content

Sharon asks…

How do you report defamation email from a John Doe using a yahoo email address?

John Doe sets up anonymous email with yahoo, goes to a public place to send demfamatory falsehoods about people in an organization. Doe accuses criminal actions by members and cautions me that I am liable to report criminal actions to authorities. I am the 3rd party recipient of the email; however, Doe likely is a member of the organization. Specific content stated by Doe is known by individuals in organization. In addition to acusations of criminal actions, Doe portrays certain individuals as diseased and uses intentional defamatory statements to cause people to resign. IP traces to public location; therefore, protecting Doe’s anonymous identity. Emotional distress resulted to accused individuals, leaving no recourse due to Doe’s anonymous identity. What recourse do individuals have when Doe chooses to mask false statements and defamation of character behind fake yahoo address. Free speech does not include defamation of private citizens. Any ideas?

barry0912 answers:

He sounds like a coward, don’t worry about cowards.

Susan asks…

How can I protect a forums from hacker attacks?

A year ago a hacker by the name of “Anonymous” has started attacking my friends forums by changing signatures into porn links. However as of last week, he has turn Malicious and completely override the site and downloaded a trojan and change every content into “sex”.

This attacker won’t stop. Even after changing administration codes, he won’t stop assaulting. Is there anyway to protect against him or track him down?
I forgot…

The host is I.P Board which is suppose to be strong against hackers and was used by many companies.

barry0912 answers:

With extreme difficulty, and as a novice in the hacking world, probably impossible.

They will have protected themselves against detection and reverse attacks, so unless you engage the services of an experienced hacker with more talent than your attacker to target them, the only thing I can suggest is take down the forums, find a more secure server and start up new ones.

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Your Questions About Anonymous Surfing

Helen asks…

How do i stop a proxy server who stops me from anonymous surfing?

Block websites

barry0912 answers:

Go around it. Www.dzzt.com

William asks…

What is the best, easiest to use, Anonymous Web Surfing Program for Windows?

I tried Vidalia but it is impossible to get to work on my system. I’m looking for free but a pay is ok if I can afford it so please feel free to recommend.

I want EVERYTHING I do to go through a proxy.

It is no ones business what I do… Legal… Illegal… Porn… Or shopping for Hello Kitty!

Please no lectures… Please provide links if possible!

Thanks!

barry0912 answers:

Hi,

Here are some brand new proxy sites list which will solve your problem. They will hide your personal information & let you browse those pages you wanted. These are absolutely free too. These sites are Brand new free Proxy sites for Myspace, FaceBook , Youtube, Bebo Friendster & others.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Blog

Ken asks…

Best blog site to use for a blog?

I want to start a blog but I’m not sure what blog site to use, I want to be able to blog for free, be able to post videos on my blog, and hopefully make some money, what blog site would best fit these standards? If my blog grows, would I make more money using this site? thanks

barry0912 answers:

Website and blog Promotion Internet Marketing – Top 10 Methods

So you want to find some solid marketing methods to promote your websiteor blog?Here are the top 10 methods that I find work well for my business.

Free Methods

1. Article Marketing
This is a very productive way to get free traffic to your website, you will need to write and article that is relevant to your website this should not be a sales pitch but need to provide readable and valuable content to the user so that when they click the link at the end of your article they are ready to buy from you. The article sites also benefit form showing up very well in the search engine results pages.

Some of the biggest article directory sites that you can submit too include, ezinearticles.com.
Goarticles.com and articlebase.com.
Some of the benefits of submitting articles to these sites are as follows:
• eZine Publishers Using Your Article In Their Newsletter
• Web Masters Using Your Article On Their Websites
• On Site Search Traffic Going To Your Article
• Search Engine Traffic To Your Article

2. Web 2.0 Sites

Once you have made an article you can also syndicate it across some of the free web 2.0 sites that also rank very well in the search engines, this can be a fantastic way to get more exposure. These sites include:

• squidoo.com
• hubpages.com
• wetpaint.com
• livejournal.com
• webnode.com
• blog.com
• webs.com
• blogspot.com

3. Social Bookmarking Sites

These are a good place to get traffic from as well as getting links to your web pages, you should submit your main web page, articles and web 2.0 sites to these. Here is a list of the top 20 social
bookmarking sites:

• twitter
• digg.com
• Yahoo! Buzz
• tweetmeme.com
• StumbleUpon.com
• reddit.com
• Technorati.com
• del.icio.us
• kaboodle.com
• mixx.com
• Propeller.com
• newsvine.com
• Fark.com
• Slashdot.org
• twine.com
• clipmarks.com
• dzone.com
• faves.com
• blinklist.com
• diigo.com

4. Press Releases
These are another good way to the word out the best one is PRWeb but this is expensive but don’t worry there are some free sites that you can publish your press releases too such as PR Leap and PRBlog.

5. Classified Ad Sites
There a loads of free classified ad sites springing up everywhere off the back of the sucssess that the biggest one Craigslist has had, Craigslist gets 20 Million visitors a month. The next biggest in this space is Backpage and Gumtree is the biggest one for the UK.

6. Forum Marketing
Quite often overlooked as a traffic generation method it can be very effective essentially if you have something valuable to contribute to the discussion already going on inside the forum. You include your marketing message and your URL in your forum signature this way every time you answer a question or reply to someone its automatically included and is not

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Carol asks…

Blog publishing?

is posting to my blog considered copyrighted? If I post a new idea or work of fiction, is it protected under cpyright rules?

barry0912 answers:

From my search of the web it seems that this is going to take a lobby group to enact. Here’s a link you can check out that speaks to the murkiness of it www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/
2003/07/14/copyrights-and-blogs. And,
Thursday, October 27, 2005–Andis Kaulins [10/27/2005 02:28:00 AM] Copyrights, Blogs, News, Content Aggregation and RSS Feeds

RSS and Atom Feeds: Really Simple Syndication

RSS feeds are revolutionizing the way that information is being processed on the Internet. Even Google just started their own Google Reader for RSS feeds this month.

What is the legal status of RSS feeds under Internet Law and IP Law (“intellectual property” law), especially in view of the fact that many blogs and news media make their content available through their RSS feeds? We include ATOM feeds here under the general rubric of RSS feeds, i.e. As “Really Simple Syndication”. Indeed, the IEEE sees Atom as the “standard in syndication”, even though the term RSS is everywhere used.

Implied Licenses Granted by Placing Material Online?

Eric Goldman at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog discusses whether making RSS feeds publicly available thereby grants an implied license of use to RSS feed users, and if so, how such an implied license could be negated, if necessary. But see Fair Use Vs. Fared Use: The Impact of Automated Rights Management on Copyright’s Fair Use Doctrine by Tom W. Bell, 76 N. Carolina L. Rev. 557 (1998).

As Goldman writes:
“[I]f a blogger makes a feed of his/her blog available, what can others [legally] do with that content?”

Take a look at his analysis and see also Scobleizer for a panoply of opinions on this topic. The non-exclusive implied license granted by placing materials online is also discussed at When One Thing Leads to Another – Linking and Metatag Liability, by Barbara S. Murphy and Lynn S. Walker, Georgia State University College of Law, Law and the Internet, Professor Wiseman, Summer 2003 (see II.1 in that article).

The Legality of Data Harvesting (not to be confused with E-Discovery Harvesting)

One issue that faces RSS feeds is the practice of “data harvesting” for purposes of creating websites which then sell ads to make money. Martin Schwimmer at the Trademark Blog refers to a ClickZ article by Pamela Parker which refers to other instances of data harvesting such as the ad aggregator Oodle.com or the job aggregator Indeed.com.

There are data harvesting cases which have been decided and which clearly support the principle that data harvesting is legal under some circumstances. See the article Golf Scores v. Yacht Sales: Copyright Law and Data Extraction by Javad Heydary and By No Other (related USA Today, Nautical Solutions Marketing v. Boats.com). At the same time, there are also cases which clearly have found other kinds of data harvesting to be illegal, albeit not necessarily on copyright infringement grounds, e.g. Register.com, Inc. V. Verio, Inc., 126 F. Supp. 2d 238 (S.D.N.Y. 2000), aff’ d, 356 F.3d 393 (2d Cir. 2004). See Phillips Nizer for an abstract of that case and the Boston University School of Law, Journal of Science and Technology Law, Legal Update by James J. Tracy for a contract view of browsewrap agreements.

Terms of Use for RSS Feeds

The terms of use for RSS feeds published by mainstream publishers such as the New York Times clearly claim a full copyright to content syndicated by RSS feeds. These terms of use strictly exclude commercial use such as commercial data harvesting.

The New York Times offers over 30 free RSS feeds, albeit under the following terms and conditions:

“We encourage the use of NYTimes.com RSS feeds for personal use in a news reader or as part of a non-commercial Web site or blog. We require proper format and attribution whenever New York Times content is posted on your Web site, and we reserve the right to require that you cease distributing NYTimes.com content. Please read the Terms and Conditions for complete instructions.

NYTimes.com also offers a free headline feed for displaying headlines on personal or professional Web sites, for non-commercial purposes. For more information and instructions, see Add New York Times Headlines to Your Site.”

Use of Headlines Written by Other Sources

With regard to the use of headlines, the Japanese Intellectual Property High Court recently decided that it was copyright infringement for a commercial online enterprise – without asking for permission – to use newspaper headlines on its website from Japan’s largest daily newspaper. We do not doubt that courts in other countries would make similar holdings.

Fair Use of RSS Feeds and Attribution

The free use which the New York Times offers is essentially an expanded “fair use”, i.e. Use of news on a “non-commercial Web site or blog”. This is essentially similar to the “Creative Commons” license found at the bottom of the LawPundit blog pages, where use of LawPundit material – with proper attribution – is permitted for non-commercial purposes. The NY Times also requires proper attribution of their materials, although attribution has an unclear status in copyright law as far as “fair use” of copyrighted materials is concerned.

As written by Mark A. Lemley, Rights of Attribution and Integrity in Online Communications, 1995 J. ONLINE L. , art. 2, par. 20:

“Both of these cases [Waldman Publishing Corp. V. Landoll Inc. And Robinson v. Random House Inc)] suggest that a right of attribution does in fact exist in United States law, at least in circumstances where the failure to attribute has a commercial effect. If you copy material without identifying it as copied, that fact may hurt you in a copyright infringement suit. Even if you cannot be sued for copyright infringement, your failure to attribute copied material may be actionable under the Lanham Act if it confuses consumers as to the source of the copied material. Taken together, these cases suggest that the worst cases of nonattribution will be taken care of by the existing law.”

Attribution not required for Works in the Public Domain

The rule is different for works in the public domain, where attribution is not required. This was decided in Dastar Corp. V. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003). See Stacey L. Garrett, No need to Search the Nile: The Supreme Court Clarifies the Use of Public Domain Works in Dastar v. Twentieth Century Fox, Journal of Law, Technology & Policy (Univ. Of Illinois), Fall, 2003.

Where is the Line between Commercial and Non-Commercial Use?

The line between a non-commercial or commercial website or blog is not clear. In Harper & Row v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985) , the US Supreme Court found:

“The fact that a publication was commercial as opposed to nonprofit is a separate factor that tends to weigh against a finding of fair use. “[E]very commercial use of copyrighted material is presumptively an unfair exploitation of the monopoly privilege that belongs to the owner of the copyright.” Sony Corp. Of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S., at 451 . In arguing that the purpose of news reporting is not purely commercial, The Nation misses the point entirely. The crux of the profit/nonprofit distinction is not whether the sole motive of the use is monetary gain but whether the user stands to profit from exploitation of the copyrighted material without paying the customary price. See Roy Export Co. Establishment v. Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., 503 F. Supp., at 1144; 3 Nimmer 13.05[A]1., at 13-71, n. 25.3.”

Many websites and blogs place advertising on their online pages to help pay for costs, e.g. Of webspace, etc. And are not really “commercial” undertakings as such, nor are they generally viewed to be “commercial” in nature. Where will the courts draw the line?

What happens, for example, when an otherwise “non-commercial” website or blog is so successful that its commercial ads begin to reap actual profits for the website or for the blogger? Once that happens, such websites or blogs surely become “commercial” in nature, which makes it much more difficult, but not impossible, to invoke the “fair use” exception to the copyright laws.

But even if no profit is being made, could a site harvesting RSS feeds use RSS feed material to promulgate e.g. Pornographic advertising on a website in the hope of gain? The answer here must surely be “no”, and evidence of purpose, rather than profit, ought to be sufficient.

Clear Terms of Use are Important

In any case, put into different words, RSS feeds “belong” as such to the originator of the RSS feed. Fair use can be made of these feeds, but not commercial use. The solution for the “grey cases” may be in part that RSS feed originators clearly declare the permissible uses of their materials on the website pages. The New York Times terms of use listed here provide a good model to start. Of course, no copyright holder can prohibit lawful fair use, even if such fair use were to be expressly denied by the copyright owner. There will be friction in this grey area.

What about RSS Feed Catalogues?

The most interesting legal question in this connection is whether the use of RSS feeds for legitimate “cataloging purposes” by a commercial enterprise, such as Technorati or Google BlogSearch, is fair use. We think it is in principle, because we find it to be a permissible “transformative use” as in the Arriba case. However, we do not know what the courts will decide in this regard.

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Your Questions About Title Nine

Donna asks…

What are the professional boxing rules for defending a world title?

Do you always have to defend the title every nine months even if you are yourself challenging another champion for another belt? I thought boxers only fought every six months which would make trying to hold multiple belts almost impossible, which it obviously isn’t since wladimir klitchko holds four?

barry0912 answers:

Each sanctioning group has their own rules, and will waive those rules if they wish.
Promoters are in bed with the governing bodies and make fights that should not be, and do not require some fights that should be mandatory.

Steven asks…

title nine….anyone know what it is or have anything……?

they would like to let me know about their own experiances using this law? i need some sort of interviews for my journalism class…..so plz help!!!!

barry0912 answers:

Americans have long locked at organized sports as a good thing for boys and young men. Should you or I be surprised that they’re good for girls and young women? That’s why the battle over Title IX, requiring parity between men’s and women’s athletics at educational institutions, is important.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Susan asks…

how do you go about finding investors for a completely internet based business?

Does anyone know where do you go to find investors to see if they might be interested in investing in your business? I’m planning to start up a new internet business which I think is pretty unique but I’m not sure how to find investors who maybe could help with marketing it and getting it known.

barry0912 answers:

Marketing and funding are completely different issues.

If you need additional funding to get your idea developed, you have a long road ahead of you. This would involve creating a business plan and a basic website (which you can do yourself), and getting in touch with another organization that can help you track down angel investors who may be interested in your deal. This is difficult because without a “prototype” funding companies will take up your time looking at your deal, but will almost never invest. Some sneaky funding companies already have “portfolio” companies they’ve invested in, and they’re looking to you for a free education and trade secrets they can apply to their own business. This is not fair, but there is hardly anything you can do about it, since it is you that needs the funding and it is almost impossible to get a potential funder to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

If, on the other hand, you’ve already done a substantial amount of work on the product and/or website so you can begin promoting it, there are a ton of ways to get your website “noticed”. Internet marketing techniques include blogs, news/press release submission to article engines, Google Adwords, Pay-Per-Click, email marketing, co-registration including paid solo ads, Squidoo, MySpace, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine URL submission, traffic engines, safelists, white papers, free ebooks with embedded promotional info, newsletters, etc.

Helen asks…

What companies offer the best cable and internet packages?

Im in the area of NYC looking to find the best cable and internet bundles for my dollar

barry0912 answers:

NYC offers top providers like TWC, ATT, Verizon and many more. As for who offers the best bundle all depends on your requirements, what speed you need on your internet connection and what your TV preferences are(sports, movies, news, etc). Remember the market is very competitive and most of these companies will allow you to customize your bundles based on your preferences.

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