Podcast Hijacked, Held for Ransom
- [from Extreme Tech]
In an assault reminiscent of the early days of the Internet, Podcaster
Erik Marcus recently found that his RSS feed had been inexplicably
According to Marcus, rather than fully cooperate to address the
situation, the cyber-squatter is demanding payment or permanent
agreement to terms, and Marcus is seeking legal redress for this new
form of Internet extortion.
Marcus publishes Vegan.com and the "Erik's Diner" Podcasts.
Over the course of the past year, Marcus has built his listenership
from 100 people per show up to some 1,500. Over the past few weeks, he
noticed that Yahoo Inc. had created an entry for his show on its beta
In the letter, Marcus said he contacted Yahoo repeatedly for about a
month. The company never responded. Yahoo had failed to correct the
RSS listing and had also failed to return phone calls seeking comment
for this story by the time it was posted.
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