Mr. Watson maintains his website by downloading mug shots using a program, or "bot," Dabiri said. The recent changes now require Mr. Watson to download and upload the photos manually.
The WV Jails website has an address listed to a post office box in Clarksburg and a phone number that refers callers to USSupport.info, a nonworking website.
A Gazette reporter messaged WV Jail's Twitter account earlier this month to ask about its use of the mug shots.
"We do not need permission to publish public record. This is a first amendment right," it replied.
But Dabiri said Mr. Watson is not invoking an unalienable right to maintain his website -- all photos published to the Regional Jail site are under copyright, Dabiri said.
It's also an invasion of privacy because the site logs an inmate's date of birth, height and weight and does not follow up if an inmate is acquitted of a crime.
"If enough people get together, they can file a lawsuit against this guy for potential identity theft," Dabiri said.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.