The worst case scenario for people concerned with Newscorp taking over Myspace has come true. The now Newscorp owned Myspace has sent out Cease & Desist To MySpace Domain Sites that actually support the Myspace service.
According to Search Engine Journal, the sites offer tools and downloads to a very loyal MySpace community including layouts, graphics and image hosting.
Ryan of MySpaceCity.com writes on SitePoint Forums:
‘€œI recieved a C&D aswell for MySpaceCity.com. They pretty much told me to shut down the site and give them the domain name. I will shut down the site and just direct the current traffic to a new domain.
I think is outrageous hense they are trying to claim damages while these sites promote MySpace so much everyday.
I am debating on either getting a lawyer and taking them to court, this will in return give me around 6 months more of my site running and collecting revenue, then just give them the domain, heh.
They have no right to take my domain name from me. They have the right to get the site shut down, that’€™s how I am looking at this.’€œ
Talk about bitting the hand that helps feeds you. These people are all individuals who are promoting and supporting the MySpace service. If this is how NewsCorp is going to treat MySpace fans and users, I can see other services providers picking up new members very, very quickly.