FAQs – Investigative Reports

FAQs – Investigative Reports

Using my company name is a violation of copyright/trademark law.
No it isn’t. Just because someone mentions a company name or trademark does not constitute copyright or trademark infringement. According to U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, Chapter 1, §107) it states the following:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.1

In regards to Investigative Reports and articles, the claim is criticism and comment. If your company is part of a post or comment by a user of this website, then that user may claim the same. Furthermore, KnowNothing.Net, Nicholas Hillebran, et al are not responsible for the content contained within the comments. This is per the Communications Decency Act (USC Title 47, Chapter 5, Subchapter II, Part I, §230(c)(1)), which states:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.2


  1. U.S. Copyright Law – http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107
  2. Communications Decency Act – http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/47/230.html

What is an Investigative Report?
Investigative Reports are articles about companies I have looked in to. Most Investigative Reports are companies that I have had personal dealings with. The reports consist of detailed information about the company and their workings. In addition, I publicize any correspondences that I send to or receive from them.
Will you investigate someone for me?
Unfortunately, I’m unable to perform any private investigation tasks. As mentioned in another FAQ, “Are you a private investigator?”, I do not investigate individuals as a P.I. might. I prefer to use the term research. I do “investigate” companies, however, I do not investigate individuals such as doing background checks, snooping on them, doing personal surveillance, and so forth. All of my work is done mainly on the computer and via the Internet. I utilize public information available on the computer.

If you are looking for a missing person, seeking someone to investigate your significant other and so forth, then please consult with a licensed P.I. in your state.

You have an Investigative Report about myself and/or my company. I want it removed.
I want to win the lottery but I doubt that will happen either. Please note the bold text as a proper response.

All Investigative Reports are permanent. Once I publish an Investigative Report it stays. If a company/individual/organization chooses to clean up their act then I will update the report to reflect such changes.

You publicized my personal information. That is a violation of my privacy.
No it isn’t. I don’t “hack” any personal information nor do I use any illegal means to obtain the information I have publicized on this website. Names, address, phone numbers, email address, and so forth are obtained using public information.

Such information can be obtained via online phone books, website listings, WHOIS database queries and other publicly available records. In addition, when a company responds to me via e-mail, I will post that information on this website.

You publicized personal communications. That is a violation of my privacy.
When I publicize communications that I send to you or you send to me, I am not violating any privacy laws. Firstly, KnowNothing.Net is not a “business”, therefore, there are no business/client violations. Even if the day would come where KnowNothing.Net would be a legal business entity, then it will still not violate any laws/morals. If you are on an Investigative Report then it is highly unlikely you are a customer.

I would never publicize, give out, nor sell out any personal information I have about a customer. If a customer owed me money then that would between the customer and I. Besides, publicizing debts of a customer is a violation of federal law, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act §806(3-4). If a customer owed me money then I would attempt to collect the debt via legal means only.

I have in the past had an unethical company threaten legal action for me publicizing email correspondences between them and I. You can read about this unethical company, Easy Business Services in the Investigative Reports (view  Easy Business Services Investigative Report).