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Message board poster sued over Survivor.
February 11, 2011
1:58 am
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I thought this was interesting not becasue of the survivor leaks and Russel Hantz, but what happened to a message board poster about it. It appears a poster on a message board posted confidential information about the up and coming show, and was sued becasue of it. The suit was dropped only because he cooperated with the producers, and ratted out on Russel Hantz, who was in the last 2 seasons if you watch it. Just when you think you are an unknown ficticious name on the internet, doesn't mean you can not be tracked down, and liable for your actions.

Freedom of speech is not the right to tell military secrets that are stolen, or the secret results of a televison show that is about the be broadcast, that have been leaked.

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LOS ANGELES – Mark Burnett isn't sure if contestant Russell Hantz was spilling "Survivor" secrets.

The "Survivor" executive producer said during a teleconference Thursday that he had "no idea" if Hantz, the 38-year-old schemer from Dayton, Texas, who starred in the "Samoa" and "Heroes vs. Villains" editions, leaked information about the CBS reality TV competition.

"I found out the same time you found out," Burnett said Thursday. "I read it online. I had no idea about it. I don't know if it's actually true. Honestly, as of this minute, I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone even about it. I was thinking about this yesterday. I should probably call someone and ask someone."

Hantz was accused of revealing several plot points about his seasons, including the elimination order of contestants, before it aired, to a man who posted on the "Survivor Sucks" message board, according to a report released last week by The Daily Beast.

"Survivor" producers filed a lawsuit against the poster, Jim Early, last year but later dismissed it. Early told The Daily Beast that the lawsuit was dropped because he provided evidence proving that Hantz was the mole. CBS said it "investigated some of these claims."

"Survivor" and most reality TV shows require those exposed to the production to sign restrictive nondisclosure agreements that threaten legal action if information about the show is revealed. The "Survivor" contract states leakers can be liable for damages of $5 million.

A message posted on Hantz's Facebook page last week cautioned to "never believe what you read." The veteran castaway will join fellow bad boy "Boston" Rob Mariano and 16 new contestants for "Survivor: Redemption Island," the 22nd season, premiering Feb. 16.

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February 11, 2011
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[quote="greeney2"]
Freedom of speech is not the right to tell military secrets that are stolen, or the secret results of a televison show that is about the be broadcast, that have been leaked.
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Strictly speaking, it *is* both those rights.

It is simply 'under attack' and therefore it isn't an absolute right, because it can have consequences.

February 12, 2011
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hmmm..
the internet certainly is, changing all the rules

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

February 12, 2011
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Changing rules in anything occurs when people abuse the rules, or test the limits of what is right, wrong, or acceptable behavior. Someone always tests the extremes, no matter if its the extreme case of leaking a confidential thing, like the outcome of a TV show, or making millions of kids omit school prayer because of one Atheist. Or letting boys into the girlscouts, or taking the word God out of the Pledge of Allegence.

February 12, 2011
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I think what is often happening is that people forget that they are not having private conversations. That they are actually up on a sort of virtual stage in front of a possible worldwide audience.

Or

That they realize they are in front of many witnesses, but not realizing or remembering that what they have written can be seen and retrieved by authorative powers at anytime. (You tube videos of bully beatdowns come to mind)

and also that..

Many really don't realize the power (though,many do.. but many don't) they have in their hands with the internet to sway groups of people's opinions (large and small)
To turn what might have been smoldering embers into flames of conflagration (look at Egypt, for example..or even the online bullying and stalking that has led to teen suicides)

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

February 13, 2011
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Many scream about their rights when it comes to freedom of speach, but they always want to forget the responsibility part.

February 16, 2011
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Many really don't realize the power (though,many do.. but many don't) they have in their hands with the internet to sway groups of people's opinions (large and small)
To turn what might have been smoldering embers into flames of conflagration (look at Egypt, for example..or even the online bullying and stalking that has led to teen suicides)

All the product of low level self esteem or a mental issue. Pretty simple to decode.

There are vast numbers of people unable to think for themselves--true they've been manufactured like widgets--it is what it is--but ..........well.......

Have you seen the show---" I used to be fat " or is it............whatever!

How a human being can eat themselves to 400 lbs is simply amazing. Exploiting it on TV--INSANE--Passing legislation in an effort to combat it--PRICELESS... :wall:

Cole

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