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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by 0xym0r0n, May 29, 2012.

  1. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    A member of my site threatened to charge us a fee for using his name in a member nominated Hall of Fame.

    He said he'd send us a bill of 200 euro if we did not remove his name from the voting.

    Nominations happen before voting and he did see his name and he did not argue with it until a few days before the end (he was loosing).

    He can't take a loss well so his excuse is as follows
    so we said no... so he said
    AND we informed him that it's basically too late and that no one backs out of these things because it's for entertainment purposes... it's already up and almost done with.

    I'm no lawyer but i'm pretty dang sure he can't charge anyone for using his name (that he used in a game only) as well as somehow get a document of some sort forcing a bill on us AFTER this dang poll is done.

    A mod removed his name because he was starting to get annoying. But I thought I'd share my daily headache?
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  2. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    Hahaha, that put a smile on my face! sorry about the agro this user has caused, but you're right, he's letting off hot air and NO, you can't be prosecuted for displaying his username.
    0xym0r0n and Bob like this.
  3. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I'd laugh at him and even go as far as share whatever he sent you as a "threat" with the rest of the site. Make him out as a laughing example of how stupid people are.

    • You can not copyright a user name (if you could, good luck enforcing it all over the internet).
    • If he uses the name in an online game, technically speaking the name is "leased" to him (he doesn't own it anyway). All those online services have a clause that any and all online content through their services is basically theirs.
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  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'd discourage him. Bye!


    But yeah, just to echo everyone else. He's not got a leg to stand on, but I'd also suggest that anyone, even excusing English not being his first language, that talks like this: "tommorow i go to protect my name (insert username here). i.e. u get a ****ing big bill, if u write my name and i dont want it. u think i say ok. u have won? hahaha ***** f***** stupid b****. listen ***** im not a f******* american. im russian and if i say u should dont write my name, u make it, because im not ur f****** mama. if i say, u did. think about it motherf****" probably doesn't have the intelligence to get you a "****ing big bill".
  5. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    Use of name and likeness not just without permission, but after permission has been explicitly denied? You're not on as stable ground as you might think in European law.
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  6. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    By using ones username? the username they happily registered to the site with, that username they happily posted while using? the username which I doubt is even the persons real name? Seriously? LMAO!
    TheVisitors, 0xym0r0n and Neal like this.
  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    What likeness?
  8. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    It is possible to trademark the name, copyright is more uncertain, as what is copyrightable varies a bit between country to country (e.g. some countries require "artistic merit" etc). I would mostly ignore the requests, as even the standard XF user agreement includes a passage about irrevocable license to use and republish his content, I would interpret it as the username is included. At best he can ask for you to delete him, but deleting his content is at your discretion, if you are using the standard policy.
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Lmao internet polls = serious business
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  10. CurveGotti

    CurveGotti Active Member

    I would say this would probably be the case, he created his user name not you, he just sounds like the typical sore sport. :rolleyes:

    P.S. This gave me a good laugh as well, thanks. :ROFLMAO:
  11. Sage Knight

    Sage Knight Well-Known Member

    We need a good soviet russia joke in here.

    But seriously, wow. You'd best wrap this sort of drama at once, I'd personally ban him and make a hall of shame and add his name to that list :D
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  12. hellreturn

    hellreturn Active Member

    I would have created "looser" group just to annoy him and put him in that group LOL
  13. Mr_Bob

    Mr_Bob Well-Known Member

    I think he's a prime candidate for discouraged users, IMO.
  14. taylor_smith

    taylor_smith Well-Known Member

    He has no standing. Rest assured.
  15. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Regardless of whether or not the law is on your side, if he explicitly tells you he doesn't want to be in it, why would you bother? Just remove him from it, and everyone is happy again.
    Peggy likes this.
  16. TheRevTastic

    TheRevTastic Well-Known Member

    Yeah, not the best idea to take legal advice from people on a forum, best thing to do is ask a real lawyer.
  17. Blue

    Blue Well-Known Member

    I'd make him disappear.
  18. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    Another post I had to laugh at. Why would he talk to a lawyer about this? lol. I may start another new forum up, but I'll talk to my lawyer before proceeding, can never be too careful these days. I'm also going to use the toilet in a few minutes, but before I do, I'll consult my lawyer first to make sure I'm not breaking any toilet roll laws.
  19. TheRevTastic

    TheRevTastic Well-Known Member

    Because taking advice from people that have no legal experience can get you no where.
  20. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    On a topic as silly as this one? there's no need to get legal advice.

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