A website set up as a forum for people to air grievances about an organisation.
com, a gripe site for restaurant servers where "no tale is too depraved.
The argument that anyone would mistake the gripe site for the company's site "is ridiculous on its face," said Levy.
Johnson noted that already, many gripe site operators simply stop publishing when threatened with a lawsuit.
Levy noted that most businesses invoke trademark law, rather than libel law, against gripe sites.
David Felton, 25, ran the gripe site
com is not a gripe site
, but rather a resource to provide constructive feedback based on real dating experiences.
And in McDonald's case that did not just mean dealing with internet gripe sites
but also included being the star of Morgan Spurlock's film.
are the result of the building industry's failure to regulate itself and a failure of regulatory agencies (when and if they exist in a state) to do their job.
BuzzMetrics, a company that pharmaceutical and automotive marketers turn to, tracks the "naturally occurring conversations," aka buzz, on message boards, blogs, review sites and gripe sites
In all, these cases should be closely watched, as the facts of each case -- and the application of the ACPA -- make it clear that gripe sites
require deft handling.
In addition, he will cover such hot topics as spamming, employee gripe sites
, clickwrap licenses, protection of factual databases, and deep-linking and framing.