MarketBeat Serving Up Explicit Porn To Un-Warned Web Surfers

MarketBeat Serving Up Explicit Porn To Un-Warned Web Surfers

MarketBeat.com, which was named the Fastest Growing Company in South Dakota by Inc, Magazine, and a Top Site by the American Association of Individual Investors, is serving up explicit pornographic images to web surfers without any warning.

The images are displayed without an age test, without any log-in, and with web surfers having no expectation that they are about to see hardcore pornographic content.

MarketBeat admitted to News For Shoppers that they are displaying the porn on a competing site, http://dailyquint.com, as retribution for the theft of MarketBeat’s content.

In an email, Matthew Paulson, the founder of MarketBeat, told News For Shoppers:

“Daily Quint has been illegally copying hundreds articles from our websites for months. We have sent multiple polite requests, cease and desist letters, DMCA notices to them, their web host and Google, and nothing we have done, including putting copyright notices in our articles, has stopped them from copying our content and illegally reposting it to their website illegally. Their webhost and Google have largely been ignoring our reports. The person running this website is impossible to find and probably outside of the US, so there’s no way we can sue them or use any other legal means to get them to stop. We have tried to programmatically block their IP addresses with a web firewall, but they always keep switching IP addresses that they’re scraping our websites from.

“So, when they started hot linking images from our domain a week ago or so, we decided to “Hit them where it hurts” and change the images that show up on their site when referenced from MarketBeat.com. It might seem like an aggressive tactic, but it’s really just an effort to get them to stop infringing upon our copyright. In many cases, their content is outranking ours in Google. Their illegal copying of our articles is hurting our business and this is the only real way we have to get Google and their webhost to take notice of their illegal behavior.”

‘Hot linking’ is when one site steals images from another site’s servers.

News For Shoppers has confirmed that Dailyquint.com has been stealing content from MarketBeat (aka wkrb13.com) as evidenced by MarketBeat/WKRB13’s copyright notices. MarketBeat manipulates the images that Dailyquint.com has hot linked so that the pornographic images appear.

The pornographic images, originating from MarketBeat’s server but appearing on Dailyquint.com, show a couple ‘in the act’ with genitalia in full view.

One of the pages on Dailyquint.com that included a pornographic image from MarketBeat.com, along with a notice that the content was stolen from MarketBeat, is at: http://dailyquint.com/2017-02-17-b-riley-brokers-lower-earnings-estimates-for-jakks-pacific-inc-jakk/  The pornographic image has since been removed by either MarketBeat or Dailyquint.com, but a screenshot we took, heavily blurred, is available here.

What do you think of MarketBeat’s tactics and use of porn against a site that is stealing their content?

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