A while back, somebody who is not related to us noticed HotCampus.
A few days later, it arrived at a participating university. Professor figures it is spam, because he/she/it has never heard of HotCampus or signed up. Given that HotCampus only started operations roughly two months ago, it’s not altogether surprising.
We then tweeted about it. The whole episode can be seen here.
Their “lawyers” contacted us, as promised, from an anonymous Live.com account.
From: Entrand Support <[email protected]> To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]> Subject: Inappropriate use of Hotcampus name Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:15:48 +0100 To whom it may concern, It has come to our attention that the website scientificspam.net and its social network accounts have been using the name of Hotcampus continuously and extensively in an inappropriate way. Please be aware that use of the Hotcampus name in advertising or commerce is a privilege reserved by law, including Section 43(a) of the federal Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1125) and New York State General Business Law Sections 133 and 397. By mentioning the Hotcampus name several times in your social accounts without prior authorization, your website is trying to benefit in a way that is defamatory. Defamation is tied to the First Amendment, and in this case may involve actual malice. Furthermore, you make statements that are totally untrue about the way we operate. Your use of the Hotcampus name is unauthorized, improper and an infringement of Hotcampus' rights. Accordingly, we demand that you immediately cease and desist use of the Hotcampus name when promoting the scientificspam.net service. Keep in mind that online defamation is treated the same way as any type of defamation. In conclusion, Hotcampus demands that you immediately: 1. cease all use of the Hotcampus name; 2. certify, in writing, that you have destroyed all material to which you have applied the Hotcampus name; 3. certify, in writing, that you will not use the Hotcampus name without prior authorization. We await your response, no later than January 18, 2016. This is written without prejudice to our rights, all of which are hereby expressly reserved. Sincerely, Hotcampus
We think they’re full of hot air, of course.
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:54:57 +0000 From: ScientificSpam DNSBL Admin <[email protected]> To: Entrand Support <[email protected]> Cc: [email protected] Subject: [SCIENTIFICSPAM] Re: Inappropriate use of Hotcampus name Dear Anonymous, We acknowledge the receipt of an email from you with the abovementioned subject line. Please be aware that we will respond to any points that were raised only if your future communications contain sufficient identification. They will need to * come from a non-freemail e-mail address, and * identify the person and business name making your request, and physical contact details for the same, and * be GPG signed by an identity that is on the public keyservers and is signed by at least three other GPG identities that are on the public keyservers and have a history of at least three years. We will also need to be able to tie the identity presenting the request to the rightful owners of the domain name you mention. Since the domain registration in question is currently anonymized, that must be opened up, too, in order for such identification to be possible. Looking forward to proper communications from you,
This really is the weakest cartooney ever.
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:47:41 +0100 From: Entrand Support <[email protected]> To: ScientificSpam DNSBL Admin <[email protected]> Subject: RE: [SCIENTIFICSPAM] Re: Inappropriate use of Hotcampus name Dear Anonymous 2, You have no identifiable info on your website, actually you even say your location is of no importance. As such, we have no legal requirements to present any of your requested info to you. You do, though. We are the damaged party from some of your claims about the way we operate and the use without authorization of the Hotcampus name to advertise your service.You will be able to tie the identity presenting the request to the rightful owners of the domain name soon if we decide to proceed further, legally speaking. If we do, keep in mind we are professionals. If our requests are not taken care of in a proper manner, this is our last try to solve it amicably.We are keeping the same level of anonymity as you are, so there's nothing else we are going to contact you about.FYI, we are the legal counseling team of the Hotcampus investor. We will not reply to any similar emails of yours with similar content. We are confident you will decide wisely, without us having the need to go to court. On behalf of the Hotcampus Investor Company
We have nothing further to say on the matter.