How much time does it take to remove a stalker from Model Mayhem?

How much time does it take to remove a stalker/harassing member from Model Mayhem? Here’s just one example. Your mileage may vary.

TOS from Model Mayhem

In addition, the following behaviors or activities are strictly prohibited when using the Model Mayhem Services by any member or Model Mayhem Services’ user:

  • Harassing, intimidating, stalking or threatening other Model Mayhem members

Time since reporting of 100 harassing messages

Time since reporting of police case number

 

 

Time since reporting notice of temporary restraining order hearing

 

 

Time since reporting grant of temporary restraining order

 

Edit: March 29. The verdict is in. Apparently, it takes about three months to remove this on particular stalker and only after he violated the restraining order by repeated leaving profanity laced voicemails with the model.

B-list actress and model Meili E. Cady pleas guilty to conspiracy in Lisette Lee drug trafficking case

Meili E. Cady, 24, Los Angeles has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbus to conspiracy to distribute more than 220 pound (100 kilograms) of marijuana in connection with the Lisette Lee drug trafficking case. Lee is accused of organizing twelve drug trafficking trips to Ohio between November 2009 and June 2010. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took Lee into custody June 14th after she landed in a jet at Lane Aviation at Port Columbus with 13 suitcases that agents say were filled with marijuana. She was charged by a federal grand jury with 12 counts of possessing 220 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to distribute, and one count of conspiring to distribute 2,200 pounds or more of marijuana.

Meili Cady
Meili Cady © Frank Versyle

Meili E. Cady, 24, Los Angeles has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbus to conspiracy to distribute more than 220 pound (100 kilograms) of marijuana in connection with the Lisette Lee drug trafficking case. Lee is accused of organizing twelve drug trafficking trips to Ohio between November 2009 and June 2010. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took Lee into custody June 14th after she landed in a jet at Lane Aviation at Port Columbus with 13 suitcases that agents say were filled with marijuana. She was charged by a federal grand jury with 12 counts of possessing 220 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to distribute, and one count of conspiring to distribute 2,200 pounds or more of marijuana. Continue reading “B-list actress and model Meili E. Cady pleas guilty to conspiracy in Lisette Lee drug trafficking case”

Facebook groups compared

Facebook recently revamped their groups application and almost immediately there was an uproar from users complaining about being added to groups without their permission. Some of the complaints are quite valid while many of the concerns may be misguided. Here are some facts about new Facebook groups.

Facebook recently revamped their groups application and almost immediately there was an uproar from users complaining about being added to groups without their permission. Some of the complaints are quite valid while many of the concerns may be misguided. Here are some facts about new Facebook groups. Check here for more info about groups.

  • It’s an opt out only system meaning any of your friends can add you to a group and you have to leave the group if you want out.
  • Only your friends can add you to a group.
  • Your profile privacy does not change. Members of the group who are your friends can see your profile, other members cannot see your profile except for your profile name and avatar. If you had extremely private settings blocking everything from the public, your avatar and screen name may now be revealed to strangers within the group. If you are extremely private about your profile, leave all groups you are added to and do not post any content into groups as they will be visible by other members of the group including strangers.
  • Your group membership does not appear in your profile or wall but you being added to the group will appear in the group’s timeline.
  • If you leave a group, you cannot be added back to that group by anyone but you can request to be added back to the group if you change your mind.
  • Facebook groups work very similar to Model Mayhem’s list. Many will recall that when that was first rolled out, there was no option to opt out of being added to list. Neither Facebook groups nor Model Mayhem list require approval from the person being added. Continue reading “Facebook groups compared”

Donald Waitt makes additional declarations regarding page views in Waitt v. Internet Brands

In a recent court filing, Donald Waitt made these additional declarations in the ongoing lawsuit between Donald Waitt and Tyler Waitt v. Internet Brands. At the heart of the dispute is the contention by Internet Brands that up to 75% of the page views reported by Google Analytics are not “real page views” but are actually bots, spiders, or redirects.

In a recent court filing (pdf), Donald Waitt made these additional declarations in the ongoing lawsuit between Donald Waitt and Tyler Waitt v. Internet Brands. At the heart of the dispute is the contention by Internet Brands that up to 75% of the page views reported by Google Analytics are not “real page views” but are actually bots, spiders, or redirects. In this declaration, Donald Waitt is basically saying the sales agreement made no mention of such exclusions and that both parties agreed to use Google Analytics as a tracking report for the purposes of determining page views. In support of this declaration, Waitt submitted an email from Michael Egan from November 10, 2009 in which Egan clarified how the payments were to be made but made no mention of any exclusions for bots, spiders, or redirects. Continue reading “Donald Waitt makes additional declarations regarding page views in Waitt v. Internet Brands”

Internet Brands agrees to be acquired by Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI, L.P

Internet Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: INET | PowerRating), a leading Internet media company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI, L.P. in a transaction valued at approximately $640 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Internet Brands stockholders will receive $13.35 in cash for each outstanding share of common stock they own. This price represents a premium of approximately 46.5% over the closing price on September 17, 2010.

Internet Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: INET | PowerRating), a leading Internet media company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI, L.P. in a transaction valued at approximately $640 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Internet Brands stockholders will receive $13.35 in cash for each outstanding share of common stock they own. This price represents a premium of approximately 46.5% over the closing price on September 17, 2010.

The Board of Directors, on the unanimous recommendation of a Special Committee of independent directors, approved the merger agreement and recommends that Internet Brands’ stockholders adopt the merger agreement.

Internet Brands began in 1998 as CarsDirect.com, a product of the famed Internet incubator Idealab who still owns 19% of the shares. Internet Brands operates more than 100 websites, including ModelMayhem.com, DavesGarden.com, and Flyertalk.com. The previous owners of all three sites have outstanding legal disputes with Internet Brands.

The acquisition is subject to approval. Internet Brands shares jumped $4.06, or 44.6%, to $13.17 after announcement of the acquisition.

Model Mayhem takes one step closer to losing their Section 230 protection

Now I’m not sure if it was a brain fart, an attempt at white knightery, or just a complete lack of awareness of the rules at Model Mayhem or rule the of law but this one statement has a potential to create liability problems for the site in the form of causing them to lose their CDA section 230 immunity.

In this thread, a model is complaining that a photograer might flake on her. Out of left field, a moderator post this reply

You could have intimidated him and scared him off.  smile But he owes you money or a shoot.

Can you submit a CAM so we’ll have record of who this is?

Now I’m not sure if it was a brain fart, an attempt at white knightery, or just a complete lack of awareness of the rules at Model Mayhem or rule the of law but this one statement has a potential to create liability problems for the site in the form of causing them to lose their CDA section 230 immunity. If you have any doubt, I refer you to Scott P. v. Craigslist Inc. in which the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco ruled the defamation case can continue because Craigslist had given up its protection under Section 230 by telling the plaintiff that they would “take care of it”. Continue reading “Model Mayhem takes one step closer to losing their Section 230 protection”

Model Mayhem continues to struggle with problems of their own making

Model Mayhem is still running nginx version 0.6.34, a version specifically labeled as vulnerable.

Model Mayhem's downtime graph

No site operators want to see a downtime chart like this one on the right. Model Mayhem has been down 26 times for close to 3 hours in a 24 hour span. General manager Michael Egan posted yesterday that one of the reasons is “We have some stinkin IP from Senegal hitting us at an atrocious rate – blocked that.”

But is that enough? Many will remember the site was hit with a massive DDOS attack 11 months ago causing the site to go offline for over a day and struggling to perform for over a week. Members were told Internet Brands was putting many measures in place to prevent that kind of exploit from occurring again. Continue reading “Model Mayhem continues to struggle with problems of their own making”