Myspace being sued?

United States
March 5, 2007 8:54pm CST
I just read that Myspace is being sued: http://mashable.com/2007/01/18/myspace-sued-after-girls-sexually-abused/ http://www.internet20.org/entry/myspace-being-sued-by-four-families/ http://www.lawcore.com/legal-information/11-17-06.html Two of the suits are for unprotected minors. The las link is a suit by a music company. Wasn't this inevitable? With the way parents are allowed to let their kids online without proper guidance, sooner or later at least one of them would get the bright idea to make a little money by blaming someone else for the job they are supposed to do themselves. I really believe that anyone with children in the home should be required to have a license on their computer showing that they have taken the steps necessary to police their children online. It is not the job of other adults to do so. With the music lawsuit, you would think that Myspace would have been paying closer attention to the things that went down with Napster. They should have known that big music corporations would want a cut of any profit that might come their way. Do you think these suits will be the death nell for Myspace?
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It always gets me how some people will blame others who are not to blame. Myspace is not to blame for what perverts did to children. The parents should monitor their child, make sure they know what to believe, what not to believe and more importantly know what not to say. The parents need to take responsiblity. Yes sue the pedophiles but not myspace. That would be like sueing the phone company because you got an obscene phone call. The music, who knows on that one. Napster is back after all and it obviously didn't hurt it that much. I'm sure myspace will bounce back in time.
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
i couldnt agree more... with newer technologies right now we can easily put filters into our computers so noone in the house can access sites without our consent. that is if you are really into putting matters into your own hands, but if you just pass the blame to others then sue mcdonalds for your obese child, sue ATT for getting prank calls, sue AOL or Yahoo for getting spam in your email, sue USPS for receiving solicitation letters...sue your credit card company for giving you such a high credit limit that you cant pay the interest...sue everyone that you can think of because you are too futile minded to realize that the problem is you. uhuh...LOL :)
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I agree with you both completely. I don't have children, but if I did, I would keep an eye on their internet activity, I know my parents did when I was younger. As a parent it is your responsibility to look out for your children and keep track of what they are doing online. It is not Myspace's job to babysit every single person who joins the site -- especially since people can lie about their age. How are they supposed to know that Alice or Jeff are actually 12 instead of 16? Parents should be keeping a better eye on their children's online activity, as well as where they go and who they spend time with. If parents were more aware of their children's actions their kids wouldn't be able to run off and meet with someone they met on Myspace. Music and Napster... I don't even know what to say about that right now, Napster frustrates me a bit.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I dont think it will be the end of myspace. I dont use myspace but I dont think there are too many laws in place to warrent a lawsuit. The internet is still unknown territory and laws dont seem to have much control over the internet. This may force some laws to be made though
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I think that laws governing the internet are not nearly as important as a mandate that parents be responsible for their children. I still favor licensing computers for families with members under the age of 18.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
Well it took along while for this to happen. Alot of kids use myspace. My youngest spends alot time there. There is a new site called facebook which the kids seem to be starting to use more. So yes I think this could be the end of myspace.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Maybe not a lot of music people use myspace as a way for peopple to listen to their music and if people download their music others hear it and they download it and that how they sale CD's
• India
6 Mar 07
see this minor things doesnt hamper any bigger sites they come and go
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@katisaurus (1038)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
oh please! Most of those websites that are music-based, are made by fans. A lot of the local bands in cities also make them in order to promote their band. But I don't see why there's a lawsuit against it. It's not anyone's fault. Why should they be getting ANY sort of profit because bands are finding an inexpensive way to promote their music? And regarding children using myspace. It's not the websites fault, definitely not. Why should other people pay because a parent made a bad choice in allowing their children to even become a part of that site?
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@Joey322 (272)
• United States
6 Mar 07
yes, parents need to police their kids, however "it takes a village to raise a child". the world needs to wake up and realize that we are ripping our kids of innocence and it's sad. i have a myspace account, but i block it to anyone that isn't my friend. strangers don't need to see pcitures of my family or know what my friends and i talk about. i not only think computers should require a license, i think having kids should require a license. people are complete idiots when it comes to raising kids and i think it's awful!!
• Canada
6 Mar 07
OK, someone already posted about this site. In fact there's already a petition to save forums like www.myspace.com from shutting down.
• United States
6 Mar 07
i hope not. i get on myspace everyday. thats how i found a lot of my old friends from high school!
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@Glaeken (109)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I don't quite think this will kill Myspace but rather just make it harder for us old and older folks to manage our daily tasks as they refine the system. I don't like children being on Myspace. It is a social networking site that presents too many opportunities for a kid to meet the wrong people, and I really think kids themselves shouldn't be concerned that much at all with what goes on outside the boundaries of their own neighborhood. I really don't see what they would get from talking to people far and about. I imagine it's just another status symbol for kids to wave around in the stupor that rubs-off on them from the values our materialistic society worships as prime. As for my previously mentioned woe, I feel we'll be seeing new rules an restrictions placed on accounts. I doubt Myspace will go down in totality. We'll just have to see.
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@kylanie (1205)
• United States
6 Mar 07
i have my space and I could not understand why they would do that kids have got to have something to do for fun and it should be ok my neice even has it thats how i find out when the bands I know are playing
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
6 Mar 07
This is something that I have just been waiting for. it was bound to happen sooner or later!
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@yiemega (300)
• Malaysia
6 Mar 07
I think it is not a myspace fault becauseso many childrens are sign up myspace by using false informations so in this case that means that should faulted is children itself
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@BrettG (50)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I think some of its unfair, but I do agree with a lot of it. Myspace is unsafe allowing all of these underaged kids on the site. I've seen countless 14 year old girls, claiming to be 18...What good can come of this? I can see it now on the news: "38 year old man rapes and kills 14 year old girl - met up because of myspace.com"
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@cpamanda (694)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I think myspace will survive, but more sites like it are appearing such as facebook. They used to be "college only", but have recently changed their admission policy. I think as more sites come, myspace may dwindle, but I do not think it will be due to the lawsuits. Also, I think parents need to be responsible for watching their children and making the computer remain in a public area. They are guilty as well for not supervising the children.
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• India
6 Mar 07
no i dont think so that my space will go down. definitely its the parents responsibility do check on their kids activities. i mean most websites are loaded with php and msql.
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@052775 (175)
• India
6 Mar 07
sueing is part of every business.most business companies get sued some time or the other.its normal
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• United States
6 Mar 07
the government doesnt know what to do with the internet do they?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Mar 07
My space is great concept, but I have seen links to my space myself send to me by others....and I start thinking...hmmm...I didn't like it. They let people place any pictures they want including almost playboy pics....I don't think my space in for kids to begin with. Second, you can search people over my space and see any picture you want and this is wrong. Yes, parents are responsible to protect kids, but I am glad that FBI is watching my space to prevent crime.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
It might as well be the beginning of the end to myspace, but I do have such a problem with this! People are more and more putting responsibilities on others instead of looking for them in themselves, and then making sure that they can benefit from it money wise. I really find it so ridiculous.. (as I find most of the sue cases I have heard lately ) these families should be monitoring their kids internet access and activity. Why leave that responsibility to myspace? My kids use the internet, but I monitor what they do, where they go... I also talk to them about the fact that things aren't always what they appear and that the internet is one of the best examples of that. Last year my daughter was on myspace. We talked about her posting personal pictures - which she agreed after our talk not to do and actually turned into a family activity with her learning how to create her own graphics - , giving personal information etc. WE agreed that she would give me her password access and that I could check if I wanted to, and I compromised by promising I wouldn't get involved in what she was saying or the messages she received. THen I decided to show her how things can really work, and got into myspace myself disguised as a teenager boy photo and all. After we became friends I showed her my account. We had talked about this and that it happened a lot, but seeing how easy it was really got her thinking. Now she's the one joking with her friends that that good looking kid they have been talking too can certainly be a bald 60 year old on the ohter side of the computer:) Main point is..... we as parents are the ones responsible for monitoring what our kids do on the net, - and in life - , and what I see is that more and more take the easy way out and delegate that responsibility onto others, and I don't agree with that .
6 Mar 07
Large sites cannot monitor the whole of the place. This is impossible and those "unprotected minors" well I remember myspace not allowing children under the age of 16 and now I believe they allow fourteen year olds. It's not myspaces fault in my opinion and they should counter these claims and take it back on the family's who haven't done their own jobs. I agree with you sagemother regarding the common sense and licence idea. As for the music. Well the music industry is a complete joke anyway, so maybe they'll grow up making these law suites to gain money and maybe someone should sue them for stupid prices. (as well the stores which rob the artists) Kudos, ~Joey
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