How Our Company Was Ripped Off Jo Coddington!

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Obviously, the only reason that Jo and her son would want access to our servers would be to download the work we had done over the previous six months and then upload it to a new Internet location. Since we had not been paid as agreed for much of that work, it was nothing more than the theft of intellectual property.

Jo wrote again:

April 27, 2009
"Hi Robert,
Well this deal and loan was suppose to be overnight....what has transpired I have no idea! Karl is the one who brought this up and we had talked about placing a reserve on it for the amount of the loan.
I didn't receive the pass code, and user id's for my password book, perhaps you forgot.
I will place another call this morning."

April 27, 2009
"Hi Robert,
The gentlemen on the loan against the race car has been in Hawaii and was expected to arrive back in California last evening. Richard the broker has a call into him as I write this. I requested the user id and pass code, pass words as my son and I want to place my home on the domain and I need the information so I can try to get some sort of monies in for the both of us!
You stated that it was not a priority for you, but getting monies in so I can pay you is a priority for me!
Please let me know if you are going to have time to get this information to me in a timely fashion or not.
Thank you,
Jo "

Apparently, Jo and Thomas had plans to use BoydCoddington.com as some sort of "CraigsList" specializing in hot rods and real estate, by posting Jo's home for sale on the front page. It was time to lay the cards on the table, and I responded to Jo's e-mail by saying:

April 27, 2009
Hi, Jo-

I have put together a list of all current user names and passwords for the BoydCoddington.com web site servers.

You already have the user name and password for your domain name registrar at Enom.com, of course.

Before I sent the information out, though, I wanted to also speak with my attorney regarding our signed contract, which has been in breach for 27 days. We reviewed all of the work that I have done for you, the letters written and sent, the hours of research invested into your trademark and copyright status, the veiled threats from the "Sons of Boyd" I have endured, the frequent updating and editing, the Google AdSense ad placements, RSS set-up, the search engine optimization, Google site map, the photo gallery and wall paper downloads, and front page design work, plus the building of the PromorEvents site including the design, coding, server and domain set-up, video files, Flash coding, and all the rest that was never part of our original contract in the first place.

As I understand it, you were paying someone (I hope it was not the incompetent Luis FX what's-his-name...) $11,000 per month to build and maintain the BoydCoddington.com site.

I have given you much better service and results for less than a quarter of that amount.

I believe you are certainly in a difficult position - but believe me, ours is far worse.

I sympathize with what you are going through following the loss of your husband and the hostile takeover of everything BoydCoddington by the "SOB", as well as the inability of any of your four attorneys to accomplish anything on your behalf in more than a years time.

I have neither the financial resources nor the will to try and enforce our signed contract and demand payment for the agreement we have and the work that has already been done on your behalf. The only protection I have against being abandoned and left behind are the user names and passwords for the two sites I have built and rebuilt in fulfillment - and far beyond - of our mutually agreed upon one year contract.

With all of this in mind, my attorney has strongly advised me against releasing any of the access information for the servers where the BC site is hosted, until our one year contract has come to an end and the commitments made therein are fulfilled.

I've really enjoyed working with you and I like you very much personally. But I have to think of my own family and my future, as well. I must begin to try and recover some of the clients I turned away once I began working on the BC project and seek out new clients that will help generate enough money for my family.

If you would like to post an add for the sale of your home or any type of property on the BC site, I would be glad to do that for you, although I would recommend against it. If it's come to that, you might want to consider simply selling the BoydCoddington.com domain name; it could be worth thousands of dollars and I could advise you as to how you would go about doing that.

But user names and passwords for the current BC web site will not be released until our business contract has been honored and all payments agreed to have been paid. And since the contract is already in breach, my attorney has advised that I take both web sites down as of May 1st, 2009, until such time as the terms of our contract are honored.

All I have tried to do is help and to do what I promised to do, and I feel I have fully complied with our agreement from October of last year.

Good luck to you and good luck to us in the days ahead; it sounds like we're both going to need it!

The Surfboard"

Jo did not have much else to say, except for:

April 27, 2009
"Hello Robert, I would like to ask you for a few more days, and tell you that I appreciate your patients, and efforts. It's not an easy time I understand that.
Jo "

A few more days for what? Certainly no money was to be forthcoming. They wanted a few more days to try and complete the theft of the work we had done for her.

We shut down the BoydCoddington.com web site on May 1st - and a day later they had moved the domain to new servers and begun the process of rebuilding the web site for a fourth time on May 2nd.

We have not heard from Jo Coddington since.

Boyd Coddington would be embarrassed and ashamed.

Robert J. Burtis
The Surfboard
Internet Web Site Design & Hosting