Archive for the ‘Copyright’ Category
Developer CEO ‘liable for copyright infringement’ over unlawful tool. Court injunction bans ‘JDownloader2′Posted: 2013/12/10 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, Litigation, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
A few hours after news broke that Hotfile had signed a $80 million settlement agreement with the MPAA, the file-hosting service has completely shut down. The drastic decision to deny access to millions of files without warning will come as a shock to the countless individuals who used Hotfile to store their personal and business documents. Hotfile has yet to comment on the controversial move which does nothing to help the image of cloud hosting providers.
Still allowed to say “Arrrrr”?
Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music will ask the High Court to block access to Kickass TorrentsPosted: 2013/11/30 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Archive.org Has Copied The Dutch Facebook Equivalent HYVES Right Before Its Demise. Now Try And Remove Your Account From That Data CollectionPosted: 2013/11/30 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Legislation, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
A few days before Hyves will disappear, Archive.org’s Archive Team has gone and copied all 25 Terabytes of data containing all user profiles of the Dutch social media platform.
Experts are wondering whether this is a legal act. Will it still be possible for individual users to have their personal data removed? Previously, content related to GeoCities and pirate website IsoHunt had been copied in a similar fashion.
EU law allows for Internet service providers to be ordered to block their customers from accessing known copyright infringing sitesPosted: 2013/11/26 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Gottfrid Svartholm, the imprisoned co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has been served with a slew of lawsuits by some of Russia’s biggest content providers for registering and hosting several of the country’s most popular torrent websites.
Russian media giants VGTRK and Gazprom Media are among the companies that have submitted a total of eight lawsuits against two sites, Rutor.org and Kinozal.tv, for violating their copyright. Among the programs hosted on the sites – the first of which is among the top 30 most popular destinations for Russian internet users – are international hit series such as Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, as well as top Russian series.
Svartholm is listed as the registrant – the domain name owner – of both sites. Moreover, his hosting company PRQ, which was once the home to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, is also listed as the host for the copyrighted material.
Moscow City Court has accepted four of the eight lawsuits, and is not considering the others. All of the legal claims fall under a broad and powerful copyright law passed by the Russian Duma earlier this year, meaning that a victory for the defendant is unlikely.
The United States strongly encourages Switzerland to demonstrate its commitment to copyright protection and to combating online piracy vigorouslyPosted: 2013/11/25 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Hoping that judges have no brains and the following clause will save them from legal repercussions:
You are hereby ordered NOT to try any of these solutions – EVER – and if you have any of your own solutions you will REFRAIN from posting them in the comments section below
Photojournalist gets $1.2 million in damages for images cribbed from Twitter. Agence France-Presse and Getty Images infringed on Morel’s copyrightPosted: 2013/11/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, Litigation, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
The jury found that “the corporations acted willfully in violating the copyright act and that they were not innocent in their actions,” wrote Photoforward.
At the hearing, dubbed, “The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age,” the challenge of applying copyright laws that pre-dated the Web to digital goods delivered on multiple distribution platforms, including consumers, becoming part of that process was the principle topic of conversation.
There was little talk of legislation, with most witnesses emphasizing voluntary efforts and pointing out that increased legal content available at decreasing prices were all helping.
There were the same divisions between those who feared overprotection of copyright to the detriment of innovation and fair use and those who fear piracy abetted by search engines. But there were no fireworks.
John McCoskey, executive VP and CTO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said repeatedly that piracy continued to be a an evolving challenge, but also said that continuing to work and talk with all stakeholders in the ecosystem, rather than legislation, was the best way to address the problem. He pointed to the ISP-backed Copyright Alerting System, which provides a series of escalating warnings to surfers when they are accessing illegal content.