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#3970328 - 04/27/10 10:54 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: Fireboy]
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Dang, 6 issues away from finishing Y The Last Man.


I was just about to start this series too, damn!
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#3970353 - 04/27/10 11:02 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: s-man]
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Goodbye htmlcomics.com. We hardly knew ya!
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#3970497 - 04/28/10 12:00 AM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: Mr 9.8]
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Look at that traffic spike after January of this year from way under 5K to a fast trend above 20K. Looks like too many eyes got on the site...

http://siteanalytics.compete.com/htmlcomics.com/

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#3970509 - 04/28/10 12:06 AM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: bounty_coder]
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 Originally Posted By: bounty_coder
Well I think it's official. The site looks to be taken down, and hard. Who knows if what people are saying are true, but someone claimed that they spoke with the fella's wife and the FBI was involved...

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I just called today (4/22) and spoke to the guy's wife. She said that he (the site owner) got in a LOT of trouble, the FBI got involved etc - and the site will not be back ever. It's completely down. *sigh* back to reading comics the old fashioned way.


http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100420164659AANxHjJ

Looks like "Bleeding Cool" put them on blast, this could have easily triggered it:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/forums/showthread.php?15448-The-Library-That-Isn%5C-t-HTMLComics

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Am I the only one who finds it coincidental that the ipad comes out and suddenly htmlcomics.com gets a permanent smackdown?

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#3971240 - 04/28/10 11:57 AM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: stevescu]
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Just far far too long without a custom title. Really. Seriously now. 2002?

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 Originally Posted By: stevescu
I'm sure this guys life is going to be ruined because of the site and his insane legal reasoning that it was just a library. He should have consulted an actual copyright attorney at some point and saved himself tons of trouble.

Hilariously enought it looks like he did try to seek out legal advice via a website http://boards.answers.findlaw.com/n/pfx/...usine&tid=54640 but didn't agree with what people there were saying too.



Had he spent two minutes looking at how libraries actually handle copyrighted content--which is never to make it available online since it's too easy to copy--he would've realized that his attempt to define his site as a "library" was just an ego trip and a complete waste of time.
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#3971245 - 04/28/10 12:02 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: Subliminal]
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Just far far too long without a custom title. Really. Seriously now. 2002?

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 Originally Posted By: Subliminal
Am I the only one who finds it coincidental that the ipad comes out and suddenly htmlcomics.com gets a permanent smackdown?


My guess is that it's Disney buying Marvel that made this inevitable...their lawyers are unusually bulldoggish in going after copyright infringers, including school teachers and librarians who put up pictures of Disney characters on display in schools. This guy getting zapped was a forgone conclusion...it takes a special kind of ego to keep the site up under the premise that he was doing nothing wrong when dozens, possibly even hundreds, of people warned him ahead of time.
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#3971279 - 04/28/10 12:13 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: fantastic_four]
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He was stuck on the dictionary definition of library with out also looking into legal definition of library
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#3971283 - 04/28/10 12:14 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: fantastic_four]
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So I found this Action 1 in MS70...er...GAH! Damn dual hobbies!

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 Originally Posted By: fantastic_four
 Originally Posted By: stevescu
I'm sure this guys life is going to be ruined because of the site and his insane legal reasoning that it was just a library. He should have consulted an actual copyright attorney at some point and saved himself tons of trouble.

Hilariously enought it looks like he did try to seek out legal advice via a website http://boards.answers.findlaw.com/n/pfx/...usine&tid=54640 but didn't agree with what people there were saying too.



Had he spent two minutes looking at how libraries actually handle copyrighted content--which is never to make it available online since it's too easy to copy--he would've realized that his attempt to define his site as a "library" was just an ego trip and a complete waste of time.


As I've mentioned (and blob confirmed) our local libraries DO allow online, digital checkout of books. I'm not supporting htmlcomics, but wanted to clarify that point. \:\)


Edited by scottish (04/28/10 12:14 PM)

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#3971349 - 04/28/10 12:36 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: scottish]
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Well back to paying 4.99 a month to Marvel.com.
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#3971351 - 04/28/10 12:37 PM Re: Blackout on htmlcomics.com [Re: scottish]
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Just far far too long without a custom title. Really. Seriously now. 2002?

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 Originally Posted By: scottish
As I've mentioned (and blob confirmed) our local libraries DO allow online, digital checkout of books. I'm not supporting htmlcomics, but wanted to clarify that point. \:\)


I read back through the thread and couldn't find the details on that from you or blob--was it another thread somewhere? I'm interested in what types of stuff they allow online checkout of--is it everything they can get a digital copy of, or only some content? I'm guessing not every library does it--which libraries have you guys seen that do it?
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