Remember “Is Anyone Up?" the website that allowed users to anonymously submit nude photographs until it was targeted by the FBI and eventually shut down last April?
Now, there’s “Is Anybody Down?" (creative!), a copycat site with a twist: click "Get me off this site!" and you’ll reach a "lawyer" (he’s now replaced the word "lawyer" with "hammer" — more on that later) who’ll remove those naked photos that, of course, you probably never consented to posting on the internet in the first place, for $250. Here’s the ad:
Advertisement Disclaimer: This is a paid advertisement by David Blade | Attorney-at-Law
Hello! I’m the Takedown Lawyer and so far, I’ve had 42 clients come to me to have their pictures and information removed from Is Anybody Down, all of whom were a success! I have people’s pictures and information taken down from sites like these all the time; including over 38 removals from the original “Is Anyone Up” over the past 2 years.
My guarantee is that your pictures and information will be taken down within 48 hours for a lot less than what the average lawyer will charge you. If your pictures and info aren’t removed, I will refund your money.
Your costs with me will generally be $200-$300, which is far less than most lawyers will charge for a mere consultation of your case.
I’m so confident in my abilities as an attorney that I took out an ad on this page just to show you that I mean business. I understand that sites like these can cause many problems in your personal life and I want to help you get your peace of mind and privacy back!
Please check out my website, TakedownLawyer.com for more info, or you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t delay! Your safety and security might depend on it!
Edit: Updated September 21st.
I have had 42 clients removed this website at this point. The administrator of this website has complied with me on 100% of cases so far.
My work is pro bono, and at a reduced filing fee, which is comparatively inexpensive.
If you see that content is removed from this website in the future – It means that I was hired.
I work as a Public Defender for the State of New York. I’m a real attorney – not an ‘internet lawyer’.
I attended college with the administrator of this website. We are on a first name basis and regularly converse.
Our big disagreement is this website – He tells me that he is doing nothing wrong and that the client’s pictures should stay up forever.
I tell him in response that he should be ashamed and should remove all of them.
In response, as a compromise, I’ve agreed to pay to advertise here in order to assist people who are at the point of hiring someone to have their pictures removed from sites like these.
I don’t want anyone to be taken advantage of by fake internet lawyers who promise content removal and then wind up being unable to deliver.
Having read the emails in the ‘legal section’ of this website, I am confident that I would have had their content removed without any of the hassles they faced as a result of hiring ‘internet lawyers’.
I offer a guaranteed money-back refund in the event that your content either remains on this website, or is removed and then re-uploaded.
Most cases take 3 hours or less (!) to have their content removed from this website.
I’m looking forward to helping you remove your unwanted, infringing content so that you can move on with your life.
-David Blade | Attorney-at-Law
"Aww, what a thoughtful, helpful guy!" is not what lawyer Marc Randazza thought when he came across “Is Anybody Down?” He figured something fishy was up, so looked into it: turns out that there’s no David Blade licensed as a layer in New York, and that the same dude — Craig Brittain — owns isanyonedown.com and takedownlawyer.com. Shocker: save-the-ladies superhero “David Blade” is in cahoots with the website he claims to be fighting against. Or he doesn’t exist at all. This is like Nabokov’s Pale Fire, except unpoetic and incredibly disgusting.
Now, Randazza is offering to represent women whose photos are on the site, free of charge:
If your pictures are posted on isanybodydown.com, contact me. I will represent you free of charge, and I have received many offers from lawyers in other states willing to do the same.
If legal action isn’t your thing, maybe a little bit of “turnabout is fair play” might be. It seems that the guy who runs the site pissed off elements of Anonymous some time back. Here is a lot of information about the owner.
"David Blade" has since replaced the word "lawyer" with "hammer" on his site, but here’s a screencap of what it looked like before:
And here’s the website’s response to Randazza’s queries, presented without comment. (But it includes the sentence, “Or do you just suck a lot of fucking dicks?”) This guy (or guys?) is actually the worst.