The only entity that would legally be able to own the trademark on the words "Your Anon News" or YourAnonNews is the entity that owns and has been running the twitter @YourAnonNews. I believe that is led by someone named Jackal. That is because that group was first to use the name and came to acquire the use of the trademark or service mark by the legal act of "dominating the field." That is, Jackal and company's use of the mark dominated the field, became so overwhelmingly known as YourAnonNews. That group is legally in a position where they can stop any other person or entity from using "YourAnonNews" for any website, group, service, domain name, corporate name, etc. To preserve the mark, however, they must patrol it and stop others from using it.
On June 4, 2013, someone named Bahareh Shalchi-Moghaddam filed an APPLICATION for a trademark on the words "Your Anon News" on the basis that she intended to use the name in the future. You can read that application HERE. ALSO SEE IT EMBEDDED BELOW. Of course, the real YourAnonNews could claim the name at any time, because it is rightfully theirs.
The application was never approved by the US Trademark Office, and in an Outgoing Office Action, which can be seen HERE, (ALSO CAN BE SEEN EMBEDDED BELOW) the Trademark Examiner stated that the following things had to be addressed before the application could be considered. The application had been done seriously incorrectly.
Partial Refusal – Recited Activities are not “Services”
Identification Requires Clarification
Requirements Regarding Multiple Class Applications
Information Regarding Services Required
Foreign Certificate of Registration Required
It would have been extremely unlikely that the errors or misinformation could have been cured, and it is extremely unlikely this applicant could ever have been awarded the trademark, especially considering the mark was already in use and dominating the field by @YourAnonNews. As made sense, Shalchi-Moghaddam filed an Express Abandonment. It would not have been possible to acquire the trademark or service mark, so this is what is done. The Express Abandonment can be seen HERE, OR EMBEDDED BELOW. One curious thing, though, is that Shalchi-Moghaddam states in a note that she reached a "settlement" with someone. See HERE and embedded below. There would not have been anyone it would have been necessary to settle with, so this is puzzling. Also, the trademark was never awarded, and of course, could never be "transferred." Thus, it makes sense that it was abandoned. Now, the rightful owners will be able to file for the trademark, if they wish. The trademark is wide open to be registered by the rightful owners, @YourAnonNews. Jackal or whoever owns that account, time to get busy and register before someone else tries to usurp your rightful name. Once you register, you'll be able to keep anyone else from using the name in such things as a domain name, website, corporation or LLC, etc. So -- Get busy. You'll need to choose the registration category carefully and fill the form out properly. The whole trademark process takes a year. Once it is done, you'll have something valuable and worthwhile.
THE APPLICATION: (It was rejected non-finally and then abandoned.)
OUTGOING OFFICE ACTION - Tells which items must be cured if application is not to fail. It would have been extremely unlikely or impossible for this application to succeed. In any case, the twitter account @YourAnonNews already owns rights to the (unregistered) trademark for first use and/or dominating the field. The application was later expressly abandoned.
EXPRESS ABANDONMENT: The application is sure to fail, so applicant formally abandons it.
LAST CURIOUS ITEM: Applicant seems confused. The trademark was never awarded, so how could there be an "acquiring settlement agreement"? And the only rightful owners would be whoever owns the @YourAnonNews account. What's going on? Maybe @YourAnonnews can address this topic.
And Finally, this Pastebin by @fawkxy, obviously the same person who applied for the trademark, explaining that @YourAnonNews was "acquired. We don't know about that, but it appears that Jay Leiderman, Dell Cameron and Nicole Powers have formed an LLC and are using the YourAnonNews name. By legal right, that name belongs to those running the @YourAnonNews Twitter account. So just what is going on? Is this trio somehow taking over @YourAnonNews? If so, how and why, and if not, why is @YourAnonNews not asserting its legal right to the name?
By now, you have probably heard that the U.S. government, on February 14, 2014, in the federal criminal case USA v Barrett Lancaster Brown, filed a sealed Opposition to Brown's Motion to Dismiss the first of three indictments against him and that in it, the U.S. alleged that Brown and Anonymous "secretly plotted the overthrow of the government." At first glance, this sounds similar to people in the early 1960s afraid that young folks wearing bobby socks and dancing the Twist were plotting to overtake the nation with Communism. At that time, those were serious concerns of quite a few people. Today, there is serious concern that Barrett Brown may get prison time based on notions that seem just as far-fetched.
snippet of Docket in US v Barrett L Brown
Why is the government filing sealed documents in a criminal case, which by the U.S. Constitution is supposed to be a process open to the public? The docket, pictured in part above, shows that Brown's lawyers filed the Motion to Dismiss as Document 98. Then there is a gap, with Documents 99 - 101 missing. Those 3 documents are likely a motion by the government requesting to file an Opposition to Brown's Motion to Dismiss under seal, the Order granting the right to file that Opposition under seal, and the Opposition Reply itself. In order to be able to file under seal, the government usually must state that the document contains information or allegations of crimes that are still under investigation.
Since the Opposition was filed under seal, we know of its contents only by the inferences that can be made and the quotes from it contained in Brown's Reply to the Government's Opposition, which can be read HERE. Brown's Reply states that the government is alleging that Brown and Anonymous "secretly plotted the overthrow of the government." Since the document is filed under seal, this likely means the government is engaging in an active investigation into this alleged crime. So, this is serious.
If you carefully read the law below, you will note that "overthrow of government" refers to that done by "force or violence," including by threats of violence against persons or property. If the government were able to prove that Brown or any member of Anonymous were advocating, publishing, or organizing to overthrow the government by force or violence, including by threats, then those who do so or who conspire to do so might be imprisoned for up to 20 years. So, this allegation by the government is rather extreme, and not the ridiculous joke it seems at first glance.
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction. If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction. As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
The law prohibits the overthrow of government by "force or violence." "Violence" is defined under Federal penal code as:
TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 1 § 16 CRIME OF VIOLENCE DEFINED The term “crime of violence” means— (a) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or (b) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.
Tweet in @BarrettBrownLoL Timeline Sept 9, 2012
So, it is okay to advocate changing or overturning the government, just not by force or violence. Now, let's take a look at the methods actually proposed by Barrett Brown. Perusing Brown's Twitter timeline, this series of tweets (above) about the ICP is found. The ICP is Insane Clown Posse. In a move bordering on hilarious, the FBI recently declared the Insane Clown Posse to be a "gang." To be blunt, the ICP is a bunch of white trash fans of the ICP rap band. They call themselves Juggaloes and paint their faces like clowns. The females are called Juggalettes and dress like cheap whores. Sorry, there is no other adequate way to describe it. The Gathering of the Juggaloes is a yearly music fest, usually held at a very rural place in Southern Illinois, that involves drinking beer, sliding in mud, fighting, and listening to exceptionally crappy music. If these folks go to one music fest a year, thank goodness it is the Gathering of their own kind.
Barrett Brown is clearly joking in these tweets. The ICP members are no more capable of "seizing Michigan" than they would be of using a fork properly. These tweets are droll wit, portending an imaginary future when the ICP is a political force, rather than a musical farce.
Tweets in @BarrettBrownLoL timeline Sept 7, 2012
Nearby on the Twitter timeline, there is this tweet, with hashtags that seem to be Brown calling #Anonymous to #revolution. What is at the pastebin is shown below. It is a document obviously written by Barrett Brown, that he titles "Operation Pursuant." It is an exhaustive listing of methods of communication and gathering, mostly via the internet. This is a revolution of thought, to take place not in meeting halls, but on the internet. NOWHERE DOES THE DOCUMENT EVEN HINT AT ANYTHING VIOLENT. This is Brown's manifesto: that people should gather on the internet, discuss, research, and share their ideas and information. If this is Brown's attempt to "overthrow the government," it is perfectly legal, totally Constitutional, perhaps even Jeffersonian.
Encyclopedia Dramatica and Doxbin are two different, but interrelated, websites that sociopaths use to harm their victims. Posting another person's name or information onto either site is a crime under U.S. Cyberstalking law and many other laws. The US DOJ strongly hinted it will soon be prosecuting such websites in its strongly worded indictment in the Corey Turner case, which elaborated the wrongdoings of "Anonymous" including: "doxing," that is, publicly disclosing online a victim's personal identifying information, such as the victim's name, address, social security number, email addresses or accounts, and personal telephone numbers, with the object of, among other things, intimidating the victim or subjecting the victim to harassment." The US DOJ recently closed down several other extortion sites and closed down an overseas server used for obscenity, and charged those running the sites or servers with violations of CFAA, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
What is Encyclopedia Dramatica? Encyclopedia Dramatica is a website run by sociopaths for criminal purposes. Those using the site use it to stalk, harass, endanger, defame, coerce, extort, and seriously harm their victims. They do so by posting the victims' names and personal information, often along with defamatory materials or photos. The website contains shocking obscenity. It is illegal for anyone to post anyone else's name or information on such a site. It is a crime to connect any person's name or reputation with obscenity or pornography without their specific written permission. The site posts outlandish defamation and ridicule of its victims, most of whom seem to be good people who have run afoul of the rotten criminals who run and use the site. In other words, Encyclopedia Dramatica is bad people attacking good people and trying to ruin their lives or even have them killed. The site's underlying purposes of extortion, financial extortion, coercion, and harassment add another layer of serious crime.
What kind of people use Encyclopedia Dramatica? As far as I have seen, the users are deranged sociopaths who find shocking obscenity acceptable and who are so deep into criminality that they think nothing of harming their innocent victims. They are people who think defaming and cyberstalking others is fun. They are deeply sick criminal-minded people. They are not people from one group. Some may be in the uglier sectors of Anonymous, the hacking group. Others are in Rustle League, an antisemitic online hate gang, or GNAA (Gay Niggers Association of America), a group of whites that try to pose racial hate against Blacks as being hip or fun. In other words, antisocial, hate-filled criminals. The site is used to extort, coerce, shame, humiliate and harass -- all of which are illegal under Cyberstalking and other laws.
At the sentencing of Andrew Auernheimer aka Weev, the racist, antisemitic computer hacker, the prosecutor told a pathetic story of how Weev used Encyclopedia Dramatica to destroy the lives of his victims. The story was of a man begging to have his name and photos taken off the site, and Weev demanding a high extortion payment. The story is pathetic, but it is more pathetic still that Weev has a fan club of groupies. More pathetic still is that the U.S. government has not yet closed down this extortion mill that has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of so many innocent victims.
One example of an Encyclopedia Dramatica user is a woman who uses the names "T----- K--- and "T---- R-----" and uses the twitter handles @an----- and @T----. She lives in Arizona and claims to be a paralegal. I do not know this woman, nor she me, and we have had no interaction. She is a stalker who for months posted about the internet that I was "not a real lawyer." That, of course, is defamation per se. Then, she began posting links to something "about" me on Encyclopedia Dramatica. Posting anything about me onto such a website is in and of itself a crime. When she was sent Do Not Contact notices, she continued to post her cyberstalking harassment. This same woman posts shockingly obscene photos on her Twitter account. They are pictures of the sort that make normal people wince and turn away. (These same photos are on the Encyclopedia Dramatica site..) In a nutshell, this is an extremely dangerous, depraved cyberstalker. This woman's boyfriend is a well-known cyberstalker and troll, who has bragged many times about computer crimes, such as pirating software made by a well-known internet user, DOSing, and cyberstalking victims. What sort of paralegal is deeply involved in harming others on the internet, in depravity, obscenity, etc? (Her names and handles have been withheld because investigation is pending.)
My Experience with Encyclopedia Dramatica and Doxbin: My own experience with Encyclopedia Dramatica is as one might expect in dealing with entrenched, organized criminals. They are involved in sickening obscenity and in lying about other people. They set out to harm other people. They have threatened to harm me, to destroy me online, and to kill me, in a highly detailed death threat. They have extorted me and demanded extortion money. They have posted defamation "about" me onto their obscene website and when asked to remove it, have ridiculed and said they were posting more defamation and lies. These are extremely bad people, morally bankrupt. I can name their names and have tons of evidence, but that is in the hands of the FBI and I will let law enforcement deal with these criminals.
What Crimes are Involved? As a licensed attorney with much advanced education in Computer Crime law, my opinion is that posting anything about another person onto Encyclopedia Dramatica, posting any link to the materials on the site, posting or copying the obscene photos, and participating as an admin or running the server of the site are all crimes. It is also my opinion that anyone running, serving, linking to, or participating in the site can be held criminally liable for any crimes that happen to any of the victims, as conspirators. I think this also reflects the prosecution trends of the US DOJ at this time.
Who Runs Encyclopedia Dramatica? That is not known to me. But you can see in the photo up top, Brian Zaiger of the Boston area has fairly recently claimed to be the "Global Administrator Encyclopedia Dramatica." Look what else he says he belongs to- the antisemitic cyberstalker gang Rustle League and the racist white group that mocks Blacks and calls itself GNAA or "Gay Niggers Association of America." He has a diversified portfolio of hate.
What is Doxbin? Doxbin is a website that allows users to deposit the name and personal identifying information of victims for the purpose of opening the victims up to an array of crimes, including fraud, bank theft, identity theft, harassment, stalking, rape, assassination. The site encourages the users to post all material, no matter how criminal. The information is put onto the deep web/ tor, so that it is used by the criminals who inhabit that netherworld. Those running the site try to instill fear by telling victims they are being put on a "proscription list," where their names and information will be made specially available to murderers and thieves. Congratulate me - these psychopaths say they have put my name on such a list.
What Crimes are Involved? Posting info of another person onto Doxbin is a crime of cyberstalking in and of itself. The people running Doxbin have also allegedly threatened people with death and harm and have also allegedly created a "proscription list" to encourage other criminals to specially victimize those on the list. As a licensed attorney with much advanced education in Computer Crime law, my opinion is that posting anything onto Doxbin is a crime and that using Doxbin to get information on others is a crime, as is running the site. It is also my opinion that any person who posts information onto Doxbin can be held criminally liable for any crime that happens to that person, as part of Conspiracy, as can those running the site. I think this also reflects the prosecution trends of the US DOJ at this time.
What Else To Be Aware Of: The Encyclopedia Dramatic website is set up to download things onto the computers of visitors. The downloads begin automatically and almost surely are malware. It is a set of 3 applications that clamp onto the visiting computer and begin to download. An immediate exit or shutdown may be required to avoid having this malicious software download to your computer. That is why I have not included a link to the site. (Note: if I had to guess what the 3 applications are, my guess is a webcam controller, a keystroke memorizer, and a botnet.) My advice to the curious: DO NOT GO TO THE SITE.
How Did I Become A Target? The law enforcement people I speak with ask how I became a target of this malicious bunch. I became a target of the antisemitic Nazi-themed hate group Rustle League and its associates a year and three months ago, when I started giving help to a man who has mental illness, after he was arrested. The man had been a call-in guest a few times on the Vince in the Bay BlogtalkRadio show. The show was inhabited by the immature and antisemitic Rustle League members. Led by their leaders Jaime Cochran (also known as Asshurtmacfags), who has appeared on television bragging about harming others with cyberstalking and who co-hosted the shows with Vince Tocce, and a malicious person who calls himself Shmoop, the group began to viciously attack me with shocking antisemitic slurs, slurs against the mentally ill man, attacks against my legal practice, etc. This turned into massive attacks against me by the group and its associates and followers.
I have never met or spoken with any of those attacking me. I have had no dealings with them, other than being attacked by them. These are not people who have been harmed in any way whatever by me, they are simply evil people. These Rustle League people engaged in a whole massive series of attacks against me, including posting lies accusing me of major crimes, stalking, death threats, a bomb threat, extortion, creating obscene and vulgar videos and pictures using my nice photos, vulgar and antisemitic impersonation Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts, impersonation blogs, hacking accounts, illegally posting of personal information, theft, fraud, identity theft, terrorizing phone calls, constant barrages of denigrating Twitter posts aimed at me by hundreds of sock puppet accounts, BlogTalk Radio shows where lies and hate smears against me were stated by guests or in the chat room, and on and on. The Rustle League is closely connected to Doxbin and Encyclopedia Dramatica and the death threats, extortion and defamation by these sites is simply a continuation of the year and a half of disgusting hate crimes.
The gist of the hate is antisemitic: that I am a Jew who helps "crazy" people. Ironically, I am Irish Catholic and yes, I do help those in need.
I know this sounds a bit confusing. The actions of hate groups often do confound. These are people without morals, without decency, without normal standards of right and wrong, who have sunk totally into depravity and social sickness. I think people should be alarmed at this virulent strain of hate popping up at this juncture in history. Especially alarming are that this group has apologists who think of this type of hate as ironic, hip, fun, pretend, etc. Take my word for it as a victim, their hate is deadly.
for Festivals, Concerts, Shows, Protests, Parties, and More
by Susan Basko
When you gather a large group of people for an event, your top most priority should be their safety. Disasters happen very quickly and are almost always avoidable. The conditions that cause a disaster are almost always the result of those running the event taking a shortcut, not thinking things through, being lazy, or being cheap. By "disaster," we mean something that causes multiple deaths or injuries. In a venue disaster, the deaths will usually be from smoke/fire, trampling, or crushing.
The place where the event is being held is the venue. The venue may be indoors or outdoors. Disasters happen at outdoor venues, too. Different types of events have different purposes, but the safety factors on all of them are quite similar. Here are some basics:
Capacity: Every venue, indoors or out, has a maximum legal capacity of how many people are to be allowed in. Exceeding the capacity is extremely dangerous. The capacity of an indoor venue may be stated as one number if standing and another number if seated. If a venue is such that patrons are flowing in and out, then you must use counters and see how many are inside before letting more in.
At most venues, the legal capacity is posted on a sign on the wall. If you make a habit of looking at these signs, you will see that most venues have a much lower legal capacity than you might expect. The legal capacity is based on square feet, purpose, whether patrons will be standing or seated, and if seated, at chairs or at tables, number of exits, number of toilets, and other factors. It is great for an event to draw a crowd, but if the crowd exceeds the capacity of the venue, it is dangerous.
Permits/ Inspections: Almost every locale requires any venue to be inspected and licensed as a permanent venue or permitted as a special venue. These permits and inspections go a long way in providing for safety. Most locales will inspect the layout of the space, the exits, the smoke detectors and sprinklers, lighting, electricity, platforms and stages, structures, props and hangings, sanitation, and any food service. Many locales have written laws, rules, or policies that spell these factors out in detail. You should work with people who know the rules and follow them. Buy the guidebooks and have your staff use them.
Layout: The floor layout for an event should be done in advance to scale with a computer rendering. It should be done according to the local laws. At set-up time, the floor is measured and marked with chalk, so the layout matches the rendering. By law, there must be large amounts of space between two tables. By law, there must be a very wide open space in front of and around any exit or pre-exit. A pre-exit is the exit from a room to another space that is not the outdoors. A venue may have 5 or 6 pre-exits from the event space to the outdoors. Each pre-exit must be carefully planned and the space around it must be laid out properly.
Exits: Disasters often happen because there are inadequate exits or exits have been blocked or locked. Even if a place has been inspected and licensed, if a manager or security guard gets it into their heads to lock exits, for their reasons of "safety," they can invalidate the license, invalidate the insurance, and endanger lives. Never allow anyone to lock or block an exit. If a venue has been licensed or permitted based on a certain number of exits, if one of those exits is not functioning, at any time or for any reason, the entire venue becomes unsafe and usually also is invalidating its license and insurance and well as endangering lives. If a venue needs to hire an extra set of people to stand by a door to make sure people do not sneak in, or whatever the concern is, then that is what must be done. An exit cannot be locked or blocked for any reason.
Never allow any item to be placed in front of an exit. Items that some may be tempted to place in front of an exit include a ticket table, merchandise table or booth, autographs table, coat rack, etc. Laws in most places require wide aisles or spaces between tables or between banks of chairs, and at least 10 feet of clearance in all directions at any exit. Most places require lit "Exit" signs. Venues should have emergency light systems that go on if the other lights fail, or in case of smoke or fire.
Exit Path: The exit path should be designed so that each succeeding exit space is bigger and wider than the last. This is equally important at an outdoor venue as indoors. There was a terrible crushing disaster a few years ago at an outdoor festival where the exit gates led to a wide space that then led to a narrower tunnel. Too many people got into the tunnel and people were crushed to death. In an indoor venue, make sure the exit bath is not made narrower by lines to bathrooms, furniture, a snack bar, magazine racks, etc. If the lights are out and the place is dark and filled with smoke, anyone walking or crawling to an exit should meet no obstacles. Turn out the lights and try it.
Fire Hazards: Disasters have been caused by such things as sound insulation that was not fireproof, use of pyrotechnics, decorations that were not flameproof, patrons using lighters to see, and other such things that, in hindsight, were easy to detect. Absolutely any item that is used as a structure, decoration, prop, or furnishing in a venue should be flameproof or highly flame retardant. Hold a lighter to it for 10 minutes and see if it burns. Curtains, insulation, table cloths, upholstered chairs, decorations, etc. must all be flameproof. Pyrotechnics or flame should never be used indoors and if outdoors, should only be run by licensed professionals in a space that has been inspected by a fire marshal. Venues that bend these rules are the ones where a disaster is more likely.
Structures: Collapse of stages or structures is sure to be disastrous. Hire only a licensed, bonded, insured company and have the structures inspected by an outside source. If a stage or structure appears to be top heavy, flimsy, off-balance, shaky, etc., it probably is. Such situations may occur because those holding the event are trying to cut corners, save money, do things cheaply. This is unacceptable.
Crushing: Crushing disasters happen when too many people get into one space at one time. That's simple and logical, but preventing it is a fine art. At outdoor venues with open lawn area, venues still often have the area just in front of the stage as a seating area, often with tickets. This is to prevent stage crush.
Even if an entire venue has seating, there can be crush if open seating, first-come, first in is used. This is sometimes called "festival seating," term that makes no sense, since the audience at a festival does not sit, but walks around. This type of seating has been outlawed in some places. It is much safer to assign tickets to seats.
Rowdy Patrons: Patrons who are intoxicated or agitated can present a danger, obviously. The usual techniques of screening at the entry and a good security force work well to prevent fights. However, rowdy people are also the ones likely to cause a panic that leads to a rush to the exits. A rush to an exit can happen quickly. Security should be trained to isolate and contain any incident, so it does not result in a rush of people, with danger of a crush. Making sure the venue is laid out properly and that it is not over capacity also helps avoid crush or rush.