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IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group "Sysop" Jailed 40 months

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September last year IMAGiNE stopped distributing new films via their private BitTorrent tracker UnleashTheNet. As IMAGiNE was one of the Internet’s leading BitTorrent release groups, their absence quickly led to rumors that the group had been busted by the feds. A few months later confirmation arrived when the group was...
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group "Sysop" Jailed 40 months

US agencies seize 686 websites accused of selling fake drugs

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Two U.S. agencies have seized 686 websites accused of selling counterfeit and illegal medicines as part of an international crackdown on online sales of fake drugs. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations division, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, seized the websites in the past...
US agencies seize 686 websites accused of selling fake drugs

SAP to pay $306M to Oracle after infringement fight

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SAP will be paying Oracle a damage award of $306 million in the copyright infringement suit. [Read more]...
SAP to pay $306M to Oracle after infringement fight

Kim Dotcom Releases New Raid Footage Captured By In-House CCTV

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At the start of 2012, New Zealand police embarked on what was almost certainly the most heavy-handed police action ever carried out against someone accused of copyright infringement. At 06:45 on January 19 it soon became clear something unusual lay ahead. Officers of the Special Tactics Group, New Zealand’s elite...
Kim Dotcom Releases New Raid Footage Captured By In-House CCTV

Jimmy Wales rallies Britain over TVShack extradition

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is spearheading a fresh attempt to block the extradition of a British student to the United States over copyright infringement charges. Richard O’Dwyer was arrested and bailed in 2010 for being the owner and operator of TVShack, a “resource site” which allowed people to search for...
Jimmy Wales rallies Britain over TVShack extradition

Legal landscape gets tougher for blatant game clones

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Yeti Town (left) is a bit too similar to Triple Town (right) from a legal standpoint, according to a recent ruling. Edge Online Here at Ars, we've previously discussed how difficult it is for game developers to prove copyright infringement in court. Because copyright only protects the specific expression...
Legal landscape gets tougher for blatant game clones

Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

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The fact that it's hard to tell which one is Tetris and which one is Mino bolstered the copyright infringement claim. Besides handling the rights and distribution for every official version of Tetris, The Tetris Company is also responsible for protecting the Tetris brand from unlicensed knock-offs. In the...
Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

Apple Loses Copyright Case In China Over Infringing Copies Of China Encyclopedia

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We've pointed out for years that every time the US (mainly) pushes China to be stronger on IP laws, it backfires. Chinese officials know damn well that government granted monopolies are trade barriers that can be used to bludgeon the competition -- and they almost always use IP laws against...
Apple Loses Copyright Case In China Over Infringing Copies Of China Encyclopedia

If It Takes You 20 Years To Notice Madonna Sampled Your Songs, Perhaps It's A Transformative Use

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Ima Fish alerts us to the news that Madonna is being sued for copyright infringement over samples in the hit song "Vogue." That song, you may recall, came out in 1990. So you might think that it's a bit late to claim copyright infringement. Why did it take so long?...
If It Takes You 20 Years To Notice Madonna Sampled Your Songs, Perhaps It's A Transformative Use

Is Kim Dotcom's New Site, Mega, The Wild West Of Piracy?

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Megaupload, the hosting site that the U.S. government shut down last year over charges of copyright infringement and pirated content, is being reborn. Sort of. The new version is called Mega, an encrypted file sharing service built by Kim Dotcom, a man some call an Internet slumlord, others an online folk hero. The...
Is Kim Dotcom's New Site, Mega, The Wild West Of Piracy?

Doubt cast on the security of Kim Dotcom's Mega service

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Kim Dotcom's bold new venture, the file-storage and sharing service Mega, is drawing criticism as security researchers analyze how the site protects users' data. In short, they advise: don't trust it. While Mega officials admit they're "newbies" to JavaScript, the programming language used to execute key elements of their...
Doubt cast on the security of Kim Dotcom's Mega service

Will The Failures Of SOPA & ACTA Highlight The End Of The MPAA & RIAA's Disproportionate Influence On Policy?

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Following the rejection of ACTA and the surprising USTR recognition of copyright exceptions and limitations, Harold Feld has a really worthwhile postgame analysis that highlights why pretty much every other industry (and the US government) should be pissed off at the MPAA and the RIAA. Basically, he points out that...
Will The Failures Of SOPA & ACTA Highlight The End Of The MPAA & RIAA's Disproportionate Influence On Policy?

The Magician Sued By Teller For Copyright Infringement Has Tried A Disappearing Act In Response

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Nearly a year ago, we wrote about the disappointing news that Raymond Teller, better known as "Teller" from Penn & Teller (also as the silent guy in that act), was suing another magician for copyright infringement for copying one of his tricks. This was disappointing on multiple levels. As we...
The Magician Sued By Teller For Copyright Infringement Has Tried A Disappearing Act In Response

Duke's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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So, another week and another batch of interesting, if familiar-sounding stories. We have an Australian media executive demanding greater enforcement and new laws to protect artists (or more likely, his paycheck) from "digital bandits". While there is nothing much new here, his examples of authors who would not have survived...
Duke's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Anonymous hacks Cambodia's government in response to The Pirate Bay co-founder's arrest

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At the start of this month, news broke that The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm had been arrested in Cambodia, quickly followed by speculation that millions of dollars were exchanged for his capture. Svartholm was deported to Sweden today, and rather coincidentally, the Anonymous hacker collective announced that it had...
Anonymous hacks Cambodia's government in response to The Pirate Bay co-founder's arrest

Hollywood and Google Square Off Over Pirate Search Results

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For years entertainment industry groups have been demanding that Google does something about the “pirate sites” showing up in their search results. Google has responded to these concerns by taking a variety of measures aimed at decreasing copyright infringement. Last year they removed “piracy” related terms from their Instant and...
Hollywood and Google Square Off Over Pirate Search Results

Google settles seven-year litigation over scanning books

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Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) on Thursday revealed that their long-standing dispute over copyright infringement has been settled. The Google Books service was argued to be a violation of copyrights of the authors that wrote them. As part of the agreement, US publishers can choose to make...
Google settles seven-year litigation over scanning books

Marksta app - fighting for photography copyright

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Multimedia photojournalist John D McHugh discusses his new Marksta app, which adds watermarks to photographs before they are shared on social mediaAs a photojournalist, I tell stories with images. It's a simple concept. I work very hard, and make many personal sacrifices, to tell these stories. They have often been...
Marksta app - fighting for photography copyright

iTunes Store may launch in Russia, cheaper than U.S.

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Apple is reportedly planning to launch iTunes Store music downloads in to Russia’s fast-growing internet market. Business paper Vedomosti reports local music industry sources as saying Apple is currently negotiating for licenses, with launch likely in Q4 2012 or Q1 2013, and tracks priced below $0.99. The apparent opening comes...
iTunes Store may launch in Russia, cheaper than U.S.

Former Uploaded.to Admin Fined $188,000 For Copyright Infringement

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If the recent and ongoing controversy involving Megaupload has taught us anything it is that hosting other people’s content has the potential to spark heavy handed legal action. But while the 2012 Mega case rolls on with no end in sight, another case has just drawn to a conclusion. Uploaded.to...
Former Uploaded.to Admin Fined $188,000 For Copyright Infringement

Dutch court rules linking to photos is copyright infringement

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A Dutch court has ruled that the website GeenStijl infringed copyright by linking to unauthorized copies of nude pictures of reality star Britt Dekker. The pictures originally appeared in the Dutch version of Playboy magazine. According to the Associated Press, the website has been ordered to pay €28,400 ($36,000) and...
Dutch court rules linking to photos is copyright infringement

Apple Seeks to Ban Samsung's Popular Galaxy S3 Smartphone

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According to a new report, Apple has added the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 handset to a list of products it says infringe its patents. The Galaxy Note tablet is also included in a new list of 21 gadgets submitted to a court in California. The report notes that it's not...
Apple Seeks to Ban Samsung's Popular Galaxy S3 Smartphone

Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

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A bunch of folks have been pointing us to the new "whitepaper" released by Kim Dotcom, which lays out two key things: why the lawsuit against him is a complete legal sham and also why it was driven by a corrupt connection between the US government and the MPAA. The...
Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

Cyberlocker Blocked In Italy Hires Lawyer To Challenge The Block

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Apparently, over in Italy, the latest overreaction to copyright infringement online resulted in police having the domains of 27 sites blocked at the ISP level. We're always nervous about law enforcement actions that involve such a broad-based attack on an entire site, especially when the sites are not given the...
Cyberlocker Blocked In Italy Hires Lawyer To Challenge The Block

Alleged UK File-Sharers Better Armed and Ready To Fight Ben Dover

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Starting next month, Golden Eye International (GEIL) will start sending out letters to Internet account holders they accuse of downloading and sharing various adult movies produced by UK porn outfit Ben Dover. Despite protestations to the contrary, the exercise amounts to an ACS:Law-style scheme to extract cash settlements from Internet...
Alleged UK File-Sharers Better Armed and Ready To Fight Ben Dover

Craigslist backtracks, drops exclusive licensing on posts

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Craigslist v. Sites-Prettying-Up-Its-Content has been getting heated lately. At the beginning of the month, the classified king took perhaps its strongest action yet to block competitors. Craigslist added a click-through-demand where all posters had to agree to an exclusive license for their ads. The move meant Craigslist would have complete ownership of...
Craigslist backtracks, drops exclusive licensing on posts

Bootup: Cisco says Microsoft/Skype deal was unfair, China plans Taiwan firewall, and Samsung trumps Nokia in Finland

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Also, how Pinterest will make money, will Microsoft ditch Bing and Xbox, and have the tech giants peaked?A quick burst of nine links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamCisco: Microsoft's deal with Skype Is monopolistic >> CNBCCisco Systems, the world's leading network equipment maker, asked...
Bootup: Cisco says Microsoft/Skype deal was unfair, China plans Taiwan firewall, and Samsung trumps Nokia in Finland

UK Politician Speaks Out Against The Travesty Of Trying To Deport Richard O'Dwyer To Feed Hollywood's Anger

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Given the renewed attention in the Richard O'Dwyer case, it's good to see UK MP Tom Watson speak out eloquently against the extradition. Watson hits on a bunch of good points, starting with the fact that O'Dwyer was "hung out to dry" by UK politicians who don't seem to even...
UK Politician Speaks Out Against The Travesty Of Trying To Deport Richard O'Dwyer To Feed Hollywood's Anger

Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

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Supporters of legalizing unlocking cell phones are closer to getting their petition heard from the White House. With three days left, organizers need to gather just under 12,000 signatures in order to meet the 100,000 minimum as established by the Obama administration’s “We the People” system. The petition that supporters...
Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

90 Days of Killing Cyberlockers: 50 Dead, More Than 500 Injured

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During the summer, adult industry businessman Robert King embarked on an extremely aggressive anti-piracy project. Known online as AdultKing, the Australian-born 45-year-old said he would make it his mission to damage or destroy what he described as “the bad players” in the cyberlocker market. “What I hope to achieve is...
90 Days of Killing Cyberlockers: 50 Dead, More Than 500 Injured
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