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David Alexander
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The Copyright Wars

Postby David Alexander » November 29th, 2010, 3:50 pm

For one of the latest developments in how to make money from copyright see this: http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com/20 ... c-and.html

Not sure they're making any money even though they've filed 160 or so suits, because two suits settled publicly and what they settled for was available for public viewing.

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law) took the retail cost of an issue of the Las Vegas Review Journal ($2.95) where the copyrighted material came from and multiplied it by the number of times the material had been viewed on their site and then tripled it to come up with $2,185 as "damages." Another defendant settled for a flat $5,000. This is a far cry from the $75,000 - $150,000 demanded along with forfeiture of the offending website in most of the suits.

There's a staff of ten scouring the Internet for material and the operation is supposed to be expanding.

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Re: The Copyright Wars

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 29th, 2010, 4:31 pm

SO, that means NO CUTTING AND PASTING COPYRIGHTED CONTENT HERE.
You can link, and you can briefly summarize. Fair use allows a paragraph or so, but no more.
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Re: The Copyright Wars

Postby David Alexander » November 29th, 2010, 5:21 pm

Actually, I don't believe these folks believe in Fair Use. They went after one real estate agent who used 8 sentences of a 30 sentence article in his blog/website. The judge found in his favor but he'd already reached a settlement with the plaintiffs and wanted to abide by it as he'd used content from two other articles which were named in the settlement. The judge's ruling only covered one "infringement."

This whole approach could be viewed as a form of extortion since a good lawyer will run $450 an hour. Settling is FAR cheaper than defending and possibly losing. I remember there was someone in California doing something similar with the American Disability Act which specified the height of mirrors in handicaped-accessable bathrooms and the like. If things were exactly to code the small business would be sued. Plaintiff was always willing to settle.

The lawyer behind this is not viewed well by other lawyers. Read the articles and you'll see how he's referenced.

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Re: The Copyright Wars

Postby magicam » November 30th, 2010, 11:05 am

Richard, I think you're covered under the safe harbor rules respecting copyright infringement. As long as you act reasonably promptly to remove posts that infringe on copyrights once you've become aware of same, you should be okay.

David, interesting article. Thanks for posting!

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Re: The Copyright Wars

Postby David Alexander » December 1st, 2010, 12:32 pm

A small victory, possible mainly because the company was in New York. Most P2P sites are out of the US.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ ... c=Outbrain

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Re: The Copyright Wars

Postby mrgoat » December 1st, 2010, 1:07 pm

That was two months ago and no one uses limewire anymore anyway. The more recent "victory" and I use the word as loosely as I possibly can, was the lovely US turning off domains without any, you know, due process.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2df7c1d4-fcac ... ab49a.html

But because piracy is unstoppable, the naughty copyright infringers are now just going to bypass ICANN altogether.

http://torrentfreak.com/bittorrent-base ... es-101130/

Oh, and looks like that whole 'sending blackmail letters to whoever pays for the internet connection we think are torrenting' thing is going to be stopped too.

There's already a class action http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/11/29/torre ... t-lawyers/

And the lawyers in the UK who started it are facing review in March and it seems they will be disbarred. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/new ... rs-hearing

This pathetic, futile attempt to stop file sharing will be laughed at in the same way the war on drugs is laughed at now. Pointless and expensive and doomed to fail.

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