View Full Version : Report Scumware to the FTC! - Link Inside

08-29-2001, 04:46 PM
I know this thread belongs to StopScum but "Making Money On The Internet" is by far the most visited part of geektalk. So I ask moderators to not remove this thread for some days...

I have filed an FTC complaint against Ezula, Inc and recommend you do the same.
Everything you need is here:

Link to FTC form: (copy and paste URL - I am too stupid to post it correctly - however it works) https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

Information of company complaing about:

eZula, Inc.
555 Florida Street
Suite 407
San Francisco
United States

The remaining information is specific to you.

I wrote in explain your problem:

This company uses unfair business practices and infringes on the copyrights of original website authors by changing the html code written and owned by website owners to sell advertising space within that domain by Ezula, Inc. This is the same as a newsstand owner receiving periodicals and replacing the current advertisements with the newsstand owners’ advertisements before selling them to the public. This is both illegal and unethical.

Here are background articles written by reputable websites and news organization relating to Ezula, Inc and their product Toptext (although it changes names often):


The last article states that upon emailing domains can be blocked from being affected by Toptext. This is not true. Ezula, Inc has responded to such emails declaring that they will not block any domains upon request.

This company is bundling their software with Kazaa, which has been downloaded by over 7 million web surfers. Kazaa is currently the #4 download on http://www.download.com.

This company is using the same tactics as Gator.com, whom the IAB is considering legal action against.

A good source for more information in this company and their practices is http://www.scumware.com

Your attention to this matter is appreciated.


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