Is Anyone Up?
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Type of site
|Adult website, media submission|
|Created by||Hunter Moore|
|2,902,768 (April 2014[update])|
|closed April 19, 2012|
Is Anyone Up? was a pornographic submission website. It allowed users to anonymously submit nude photographs or streaming media of any person (above the legal age limit) to its database. The website was closely associated with the metalcore and post-hardcore music scene, featuring and depicting numerous nude photos of musicians of the genre, in addition to their fans. During its two-year run, Is Anyone Up? was subject to great controversy due to its submissions being driven by revenge porn submissions. These submissions were mainly nude photographs of a person submitted by a former romantic partner of that person displayed in the images. It was revealed that many of these images were hacked from email accounts.
As a result of a combination of the controversy, numerous death threats and lawsuits aimed at the founder and owner Hunter Moore, and campaigns dedicated to having the website taken down, the website was shut down on April 19, 2012.
History and background
Is Anyone Up? was founded in late 2010. Founder Hunter Moore stated the idea for the site came from a woman who continuously sent him exposing pictures, he then created a blog hosting nude photographs and it eventually became isanyoneup.com. As of November 2011, the website netted as much as $13,000 monthly. Moore said he spent generally 12 hours five days a week managing posts, and that the website had over 30 million page views a month.
Each submission to the website usually followed the same formula of depicting a man or woman's social networking website profile thumbnail (such as their Facebook or Twitter profile) and then depicted images of them clothed before revealing images exposing their genitalia, or even in some cases, engaging in sexual acts such as masturbation. Each submission line then ended with a "reaction image", usually showing a still or animated gif file of a popular culture scene or Internet meme as a satire "reaction" to the shown images. Moore stated that he took legal precautions before uploading people onto the site, initially verifying the age of the people submitted through social networking sites. He then sent the IP information of people who submitted photos of underage individuals to a lawyer in Las Vegas, who turned that over to law enforcement. Other categories of the site existed such as "Daily Hate", a topic that featured angry reactions from people who have had their pictures posted without their consent.
On April 19, 2012, Moore sold the website to James McGibney, who runs Bullyville.com, a site which allows anonymous people to share details of people who've bullied or harassed them. He posted an open letter to BullyVille.com and on the isanyoneup.com domain explaining his decision.
Is Anyone Up? has been subject to much controversy. Many individuals have resorted to either suing Moore or those associated with the Is Anyone Up? domain for the hosting of their nude images displayed on the website. While some images are self-submitted and others are "revenge porn" (which is described as being "pornographic souvenirs from relationships gone sour").
People threaten me with lawsuits every day, which is funny, because it fuels the site. ... The people that get mad hate my site and want to take it down. They send me all this crazy stuff, but at the same time they’re just building content for my site, which just makes me more popular.
In November 2011, Moore appeared on Anderson to discuss Is Anyone Up? while being confronted by two women who were submitted onto the website by an anonymous user. When one of the women criticized Moore for "helping" deceptive people that spread such photographs, he responded with "No one put a gun to your head and made you take these pictures. It's 2011, everything's on the Internet."
On August 21, 2012, BullyVille founder James McGibney posted an open letter to Hunter Moore on the main page of the isanyoneup domain, announcing a class action lawsuit and encouraging people to join in.
Floridian rock band A Day to Remember refused to play at the 2011 Bamboozle festival, knowing Hunter Moore was an attendee at their performance. They demanded he would have to be removed from the venue due to their conflict with Moore after hosting nude images of the band's bassist, Joshua Woodard, weeks beforehand.
One morning in August 2011, Moore was attacked and stabbed with a pen by a woman featured on the website. Moore managed to escape with a shoulder wound that required surgery.
In December 2011, social networking website Facebook reportedly threatened legal action to the website along with blocking any linking to the isanyoneup.com domain through Facebook and deleting the official "like" page from its database.
On May 16, 2012, The Village Voice reported that Moore and Is Anyone Up were the subject of an investigation by the FBI, as a large number of the pictures formerly hosted on the site were believed to have been illegally obtained by a hacker known as 'Gary Jones'. ABC Nightline revealed that the FBI investigation was started by Charlotte Laws after a photo of her daughter appeared on the website.
In January 2014, Moore and his alleged aide Charles Evens were arrested by the FBI and indicted in a federal district court in California on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft.
In February 2015, Moore plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer. In addition to his mandatory prison sentence, Moore also agreed to a three-year period of supervised probation, a minimum $500,000 fine and an order that he delete all the data on his seized computers.
On July 2, 2015, Charles Evens pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking and identity theft, confessing to stealing hundreds of images from women's email accounts and selling them to Moore. He faces up to seven years in a federal prison and will be sentenced on November 16. Moore will be sentenced in August.
German metalcore group Eskimo Callboy have a single entitled "Is Anyone Up?" that describes the site's general idea and attributes. New York-based pop punk band, Forget Me in Vegas, also have a single named "Is Anyone Up", which is also written about the site. Electronic band Blood on the Dance Floor released the album Evolution in 2012, containing the song "Revenge Porn" which references the site and Hunter Moore in the lyrics. Electropop group Millionaires released a remix of the Ludacris song My Chick Bad titled "My Chick Bad (Remix) that contained lyrics discussing posting images on Is Anyone Up?.
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