SAN JOSE (CN) – Craigslist claims 12 copyright violators are selling illegal software with which users can bypass its security to post thousands of repetitive ads, maliciously interfering with Craigslist’s business. The suit says defendants advertise, “I have unlimited phone numbers to verified craigslist accounts! Once you become my member, I will give you the discount to support your posting work!”
Craigslist states in its complaint that it has 25 employees.
It sued these defendants in separate federal complaints: Zheng Peng dba postingexpert.org; Living Easy Software; Mark Adamczyk dba post2craig.com; 24hrposting.com; Realworks Group LLC, of Florida; George Berz dba adbomber.com; Craygo.com; Kevin Mesiab dba ezadsuite.com, and EasyAd, of Idaho; Naturemarket Inc. dba powerpostings.com; Jody Graffunder dba Craigslistmaketer.com; Autoposterpro, PostingExperts, craigslistadstore.com and craigslistpormoting.com; and Adsoncraigs.com.
In a sample complaint, Craigslist claims that Zheng advertises he has devised a system that eludes Craigslist’s “Captcha” security. The Captcha system posts words in distorted letters that humans can read but computers cannot.
Craigslist claims Zheng aka Jacky Peng willfully, maliciously and fraudulently violates copyright, and copies and sells Craisglist’s proprietary information.
It demands punitive damages for copyright violations, computer fraud, interference with contract and computer crimes. It is represented by Brian Hennessy with Perkins Coie of Menlo Park.