I could have sworn there was a section here for legal questions.
Here is the story. I'm very upset with this. Please, I need advice on what I can do.
mysite = A.com
'Friend' site = B.com
Forum site - C.com
In 2003, my friend and I both had forum communities (site A & B). He deleted his DB by accident and lost his community. So I said this would be a good time to 'MERGE'. So we decided to build a fresh brand new community from scratch on 'C.com' and we would link our sites off it. I own C.com.
We hosted this forum on his friend's server under the name of C.com in which I own the domain. This is the same server as the B.com is on.
Last month he got mad at me and kicked me out of admin and redirected the forum to B.com/forum. He emailed the 15,500 members and said that he did this and that he did EVERYTHING to the forum over the years (which isnt true). So now there is an exact duplicate of my C.com domain on B.com/forum and the members are confussed and I look like a bad guy.
Most ... 99% of what you would see on C.com & B.com/forum is all my ideas. And the images and other things such as section names and the content. It's a big forum. and it's silly.
This wasn't my choice.. he flipped out for a stupid greedy reason. I'm beside myself and I don't know what to do.
also does the content on a website belong to the person who owns the domain?
thanks in advance and i'm free to answer questions,
Last edited by Nonchalant; 01-16-2008 at 09:13 AM.
guys thank you. but I already DID move my forum back to the original URL (C.com)
As soon as he kicked me out, I was already putting my forum up on my new server. but he mailed the members already. It's crazy... 2 duplicate sites is driving me mad and with all the work I did and history of my site, memebers have left my domain and are posting of there. crazy
You could try negotiating with him? It was probably (hopefully) just a rash decision that he made. You guys have worked together for quite a few years so im quite sure you can work something out.
I don't think so... I mean he went ahead and did this. To make it worse, he thought that I did not have a backup of the forum and decided he wasnt going to give me a backup of the forum. His reasoning was that I owned the domain name, so he gets to keep the DB
like I would have owned the domain name if we never did the community too. I luckily got the DB with no help from him.
sucks I have to be involved with this childish things. its' embarassing.
Anyway, the best you can do is mass email your users with a kind and detailed email and ask them to stay on C.com. If some users don't come back, they aren't worthy members, ignore them.
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I have it completely running as it was before, except for the old template. I have all posts and everything. It's just he is has it too crazy.. 15,500 members and years of work
Oh, then send out e-mails with a warning: "C.com hasn't been moving anywhere, if you get a e-mail asking you to update bookmarks and/or provide password to your account", etc... But do not write that someone stolen something. You want people to stay with C.com, you don't want them to know you and your partner were unable to reach an agreement