Craig Brittain is suffering today from a bit of karmic payback, although not nearly enough.
Brittain ran a site that operated much like the old mobster tactic of “you pay us protection money so we can protect you from us.”
Late last month, the Federal Trade Commission settled a complaint against Brittain in which the agency accused the Coloradan and his defunct site, Is Anybody Down, with unfair business practices. The site paid its bills by soliciting women’s nude photos on Craigslist and/or from their exes, publishing the photos without the women’s permission (and often with their names and phone numbers attached), and then charging fees of $200 to $500 to take the photos down.
Source: Washington Post
Brittain has agreed to destroy the images, but now, because he’s a story, the media is posting his picture and he doesn’t like it one bit!
On Feb. 9, Brittain filed a takedown request to Google, demanding that the search engine stop linking to nearly two dozen URLs — including a number of news articles, and files on the case from the FTC — because they used photos of him and information about him without his permission.
He believes that because he’s no longer allowed to post photos of innocent people, he, who’s not innocent at all, should not have his picture posted all over the internet either.
Brittain is getting a quick lesson in internet copyright law, though. Of all of the photos of him online, only three are copyrighted (the ones he took). The rest are part of the creative commons and even for the images that are copyrighted, good luck getting them taken down. The image we chose was labeled for reuse on Google.
Image via Globoble.com.