From: Richard Buss (
To: security curmudgeon (
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 22:57:30 -0700
Subject: RE: Awesome Site

Tawnee Stone is one of the more popular amateurs on the Internet. Just like
you get emails saying this picture "belongs to me"; Every day a dozen or so
violations are reported to me. I don't have time to deal with such things;
We have an attorney who pretty much works full time on these issues.

You are right; We do need to prove we have ownership. However, this is only
a matter of filing a document in a courthouse. Not only do we own the
copyright on "ALL" Tawnee Stone pictures, but we also own her trademarked
name. We go to court over copyright issues on a weekly basis. Lightspeed
Media owns the copyright - there is no doubt about this in a court of law.
Lightspeed Media has never lost a case in court.

Once the legal process starts our attorney starts to charge us, and there is
no turning back at this point. Having the pictures removed isn't much of an
issue; Our attorney will file charges against the sever hosting the pictures
and they will take it down. They aren't going to risk a lawsuit over someone
else's problem. This will happen in a few weeks.

Then we'll file charges against you for copyright infringement. Such charges
carry very heavy fines. We can sue you for $750 a day per picture. Because
your server will not hire an attorney to protect YOU, your server will give
tell us exactly when this file was placed on line and how many times it was
viewed. These fines will quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars, if
not more. $750 a day.

Since you won't be able to pay this, we'll settle out of court for our
"legal fees", plus a small amount of damages. We just settled out of court
in Fresno, California, for $7k.

You won't have a legal leg to stand on in court. We have all the
documentation we need; You'll have nothing.

Of course if we really wanted to be dicks about this, we can just file a
complaint against you with your local police department and tell them we
believe you are posting pictures of children under the age of eighteen.
Since you obviously don't have a model release and have no way of proving
her age, you'd be in hot water. You might not go to jail for it, but it
would seriously fuck up your life.

I used to be like you running a free site with stolen content. I used to get
emails every day saying that "they own the picture". I was lucky and I was
never taken to court.

I don't care what you do. I've forwarded it to our attorney at Avant Law. My
job is done, and it's out of my hands.


Richard Buss
VP / Operations
Lightspeed Media

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