Archive for Lawsuit

Pirate Video

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on June 29, 2009 by Bradley Hall

No, this post has nothing to do with that Johnny Depp film from a few years ago.

The Pirate Bay, fresh from having lost their case against the MPAA and friends, and having lost their appeal on the grounds of the original judge being biased, have unleashed their latest plans: Pirate Video.

Pirate Video is to be a YouTube for pirates. Except, they’ll ignore take down notices that copyrights holders tend to send to people infringing on their stuff.

BBC link.

A large body of work

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , on May 19, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I came across this from BoingBoing.net.

Damien Hirst built a gigantic 20 foot tall bronze sculpture of the human anatomy, he based the design for his sculpture from a Humbrol anatomy model made for children.

Humbrol filed a lawsuit against Hirst.

Giant Anatomy.

Did the Campbell’s Soup Company file a lawsuit against Andy Warhol when he made his soup label collection? Also, since when can you copyright the human body?

Granted he did copy THEIR copy of the human body.

Back in the 1960s when Hasbro was developing the world’s first “action figure” – GI Joe, they tried to get the GI Joe body copyrighted, their lawyer said it could not be done as who can say they own the design of the human body?

After that setback, it was decided to put a scar on each figure’s face. Later after a late night sculpting spree, the man who sculpted GI Joe’s hands realized he sculpted the thumbnail backwards. After some thought, it was decided to leave the thumbnail as-is and copyright that as the body piece of copyrighted protection.

What does this have to do with Hirst? I don’t know/

The Pirate Bay: Guilty

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, music with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Bradley Hall

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In a move that surprises no one, the Pirate Bay was found guilty of helping to distribute copyrighted content. They are to spend a year in jail and pay over three million dollars in fines.

The four members of the Pirate Bay have already logged an appeal.

Personally, I don’t know how to feel about this. On one hand, it’s a win, but on the other hand, I feel that this is a lose. A win for TPB would have set an unreal precedent into the world of downloading.

As of now, TPB is still active. While I’ve not tried to download anything (material isn’t hosted by TPB, all they do is track material), the site works for the time being.

Pirate Bay says the verdict is still a win, even though they lost

Guardian Article

Link to the CC licensed half mast image

DMCA coupon problem

Posted in Commentary, Economy, Intellectual Property with tags , , , on April 10, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Ordinarily, when you get a coupon printed from somewhere on the Internet, it has a unique code that allows the store to know whether or not that particular coupon code has been used. This actually happened to me a few days ago. I have a Best Buy reward zone card. I racked up enough points to get a $5 off coupon, excitedly I printed it off and used it to buy the new Neko Case CD (CD only cost me $5 after that). A week or two later, I received a $5 off coupon in the mail from Best Buy.

I did not think this coupon was related to the one I had printed off, but as it turned out, it was. I could not use it. I’m sure that if I fought it, they would have permitted me to use it, but, somehow I knew they were right, and was saddened that I had to pay full price (well, it wasn’t a total loss, the next store I found that item in wanted $30 for it, while there, without any coupons, I paid only $10).

Anyway, this article from Wired.com is about a guy who published ways to bypass coupons obtained from Coupons Inc. to make as many legit copies of a coupon as you want, as each time the software is used, it makes a new, legit, coupon code.

“Coupons sued Stottlemire in 2007 after he posted the code on his personal website, along with instructions showing shoppers how to circumvent copy protection on downloadable, printable coupons from Colgate, General Foods and others, for everything from cereal to soap.”

According to the judge for the case, nobody won the trial.

One thing I do know, is Coupon, Inc is going to alter their coupon giving programs so this does not happen again.

DMCA Coupon

More International news

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 24, 2008 by Bradley Hall

I just came across two news posts via BoingBoing. One about a pair of Dutch kids who got another Dutch kid to give them some of his items.

The other is about a divorced Japanese woman who “hacked” her ex-husband’s password to Maple Story and killed his avatar in that game.

All three people are charged with crimes. The Dutch kids were charged with theft and sentenced to community service, while the Japanese woman could get five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Dutch teens.

Japanese woman.

Lawsuits for fun and profit

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 9, 2008 by Bradley Hall

The other morning I was able to drive to work in the daylight. In the daylight, naturally, you’re able to see more than you’d see at night.

As I approached my exit, I spotted a billboard that caught my attention and caused me to think about all day. It was an advertisement for http://www.whocanisue.com, that’s “Who Can I Sue.” Under the address, it said, “The Legal Process made Easy.” The image on the board was of a businessman in a suit slipping on a banana peel.

I went to the website and thought it was hilarious, in the lower left corner is a button to press to find attorneys in the event that you yourself has been sued (I wonder if the person who filed the lawsuit got started on this site).

What kind of a world are we living in that’s sue-happy? Every third commercial on television is either an ad for a law firm or a “lawyer referral service” – I’ve hated these in particular, especially the ones that say “We’ll help you find a lawyer who will help you find a doctor” – if you need HELP finding a doctor, you have more problems than needing a lawyer.

RealDVD blocked by judge order

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags on October 6, 2008 by Bradley Hall

On Wired.com just a few hours ago, it was announced that a judge has halted Real Networks from releasing RealDVD. According to Wired, the details of the order were not to be made public.

Personally, I can see where the MPAA is coming from in this particular battle. Why would anyone buy a DVD now that they can rent it, copy it, and take it back to the store.