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Is Anyone Up? was an adult media submission website featuring photographs and videos of anyone of legal age uploaded to the site, which often included musicians and fans of the hardcore music genre.
The domain name for the site IsAnyoneUp.com was registered on August 12th, 2010 by founder Hunter Moore, who stated in an interview with the alternative culture blog Alt Press that he was inspired to create the site because he experienced “some sort of high" from looking at nude pictures of someone he knew.
On November 29th, a copycat site named IsAnybodyDown was created, mimicking the original site’s format featuring user submitted adult photos. On April 19th, IsAnybodyUp was shut down and sold to the anti-bullying site BullyVille for $15,000, which featured an open letter explaining why the site was removed. The letter has since been removed but was pasted on the Eurogamer Forums on April 20th (shown below).
It’s been a little over a year from the first post on Is Anyone Up and its crazy to think that the few posts I did with my friends to get back at a few girls that broke our hearts would turn into what it did. I started the site with zero dollars, I had -$120 in my bank account and had to ask my mom for her credit card to pay for the $9 Server bill.
Running this site has been an uphill battle to say the least. From the Server Company’s bills to the lawyers taking people’s money promising they could get your images down to Facebook, PayPal, Live Nation, A Day to Remember and the countless others who tried to shut me down, beat me up or the girl who stabbed me and yet we are still here.
The site was started for the scene and I tried to keep it that way as long as I could by supporting bands and giving them reasonable prices on ad space. The bills were getting too insane and I had to turn to the porn game for extra money but it’s too shady and, in my opinion, it ruined the site. That and my appearance on Anderson Cooper didn’t help. The site was a blessing for me and still is, but I am burned out and I honestly can’t take another underage kid getting submitted and having to go through the process of reporting it and dealing with all the legal drama of that situation.
To everyone who got a tattoo, bought a shirt, wrote on your body, self-submitted or came to a party, I truly thank you for the support. Without your support, the site would not have been what it was. To all the girls who submitted those band guy’s and too all the guys who submitted the groupies, you made the Internet fun again. We Got #NBHNC trending on twitter, bands to make music videos about us and a lifetime ban for me on Facebook. Since we launched Isanyoneup.com a year ago, we received over 500 million page views. Girls got naked of all sizes at the IAU parties; we did it from Canada to Vegas. You made it possible for me to have the best life and made me realize what people will do for a few extra friend requests & followers on twitter. I’ll miss a lot of things but mostly the community. I never got to take in everything while it was happening because it was going so fast even though there was drama and lots of tears and pissed off parents, I feel blessed and thankful for all of you who came here to support me. I’ve become friends with the founder of BullyVille, CupidVille, CheaterVille and KarmaVille and he helped me realize that my talents in the programming and social networking world could be channeled in a positive way and we spoke about ways to move on, which is ultimately what I’ve decided to do. I might do some writing on bullyville.com to help people who have been bullied; I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I am putting this message up on Bullyville.com to stand up for underage bullying. I think it’s important that everyone realizes the damage that online bullying can cause. I would love to write everything here but I can’t. I’ll miss you all but once you’re on page 2 nobody cares anymore…."
I also have a new project at www.wepartyforacause.net. This will be all about me organizing parties that benefit different charities. These will be some of the largest and craziest parties you will ever see with a percentage of earnings going to a range of causes.
On November 29th, 2012, the tech news blog Beta Beat published an interview with Moore titled “Hunter Moore’s ‘Scary as Shit’ Revenge Porn Site Will Map Submitted Photos to People’s Addresses,” in which Moore announced that he would be launching a new adult media submission site HunterMoore.tv, which would allow uploaders to include the subject’s name, social media profiles and address. The article also reported that the new address field might destroy Moore’s defense under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grants websites immunity from responsibility for user submitted content.
The site allowed users to anonymously submit nude photographs to be featured on the blog, which would often be accompanied by a clothed picture taken from the subject’s social networking profile page, followed by a reaction image. Most images were either submitted by the subject themselves or maliciously leaked by an enemy or former love interest. The blog also included “Daily Hate” posts, which featured angry emails from people whose photos were displayed on the site without their consent.
The site has been criticized for its ethically questionable practice of encouraging readers to submit nude photographs of enemies and former lovers. On July 6th, 2011, Forbes published an article titled “Revenge Porn With a Facebook Twist,” which noted that many of the submissions to Moore’s site were maliciously uploaded by people seeking revenge. That same month, Moore was reportedly stabbed by a San Francisco-area woman according to the Village Voice, leaving the site’s founder with a “caterpillar-sized scar.” On April 30th, the rock music blog Common Revoltpublished a post reporting that Moore had been removed from the Bamboozle music festival line-up for posting nude photos of the band A Day to Remember. On November 21st, Moore appeared on the talk show Anderson Live and was confronted by two women who had been featured on the site (shown below).
“No one put a gun to your head and made you take these pictures. It’s 2011, everything’s on the Internet.”
On December 4th, the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “Rockers, fully exposed on Is Anyone Up?”, reporting that several bands had issued take down notices for posting nude images of musicians on the site. The same month, Facebook threatened legal action against the website and blocked the site’s domain across the entire site according to Wikipedia.
On May 16th, 2012, The Village Voice published an article titled “‘Gary Jones’ Wants Your Nudes,” which reported that Moore was under investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for having hosted a large number of photographs believed to have been obtained from the hacker “Gary Jones.” On May 22nd, ABC News published an article title “FBI Investigates ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Founder,” reporting that private investigator Charlotte Laws contacted the FBI after Moore refused to take down photographs of her daughter Kayla.
Feud With Anonymous
On December 3rd, 2012, the BBC published an article titled “Anonymous Target Revenge Porn Site Owner Hunter Moore,” reporting that the ad-hoc group of Internet users known as “Anonymous” had announced that Moore would be held “accountable for his actions.” On December 6th, Gawker published a post titled “All of Hunter Moore’s Personal Information is Now on the Internet, Thanks to Anonymous,” which reported that Anonymous had successfully doxed Moore, releasing a Pastebin containing his personally identifiable information. The operation was referred to as “#OpHuntHunter” and “#OpAntiBully.”
On January 23rd, 2014, Moore was indicted on charges of “conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for private financial gain” in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He was charged with co-conspirator Charles Evens, who allegedly acquired photos for IsAnybodyUp by breaking into e-mail accounts. Both men are scheduled to appear in court on January 28th. Their arrest follows a law passed in the state of California in October 2013 that made revenge porn illegal. On the day of his arrest Moore tweeted, referencing the pop singer’s recent arrest.
In an interview with The Awl on November 10th, 2011, Moore claimed that the site was receiving over 30 million page views and making $13,000 per month. An article published in the Los Angeles Times the following month reported that Moore revealed that the site was receiving over 1.6 million unique visitors according to Google Analytics. As of December 7th, 2012, a Facebook page for “Is Anyone Up?” has received over 3,600 likes and Hunter Moore’s Twitter account has accumulated over 103,000 followers.
Gawker – "Hunter Moore on California’s Revenge-Porn Law: “You Fucking Retards”":http://gawker.com/hunter-moore-on-californias-revenge-porn-law-you-fuc-1440650903
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