Originally Posted by Books
Well the lawyer is wrong. The forum members agreed to give the email addresses to the forum. It's an entity. All you would have to do is give notice that ownership of the forum is changing and give them a period of time to react to that. In that way it's an opt-out instead of an opt-in.
Yes, this whole question re email addresses is nonsense, which frankly, I'm surprised to see. It's a total non-issue. GrowdGather, Inc, a publicly traded company, is in the business of buying forums, and owns dozens of them.
A few months ago, GrowdGather bought a forum of which I'm a member. The change in ownership was near-transparent. No members were "spammed." And obviously, with all the legal restrictions and oversights on publicly traded companies, I'd assume GrowdGather tends to behave itself.
Here's a list of the forums they own: CrowdGather--Forum List
Here's an example of a recent forum purchase--not only a forum, but a database with tons of writer-editor-publisher info:
CrowdGather Adds Writers.net to Portfolio of Forum Properties
Writers.net Founder and SEO Guru Stephan Spencer to join Advisory Board
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jun 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
One of the leading networks of forum communities on the Internet, CrowdGather (OTCBB:CRWG), today announced it has acquired the domain name, website, and assets related to Writers.net. Created in 1994, Writers.net is an Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents. The site's founder, Stephan Spencer, will also join the CrowdGather Advisory Board. CrowdGather--Investor Relations-News Release
So please flush this garbage about "email addresses falling into the hands of spammers."