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Copyright Trolling: AF Holdings Names Another Doe

Posted in I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases, Open Wi-Fi, Porn Industry, WiFi Negligence

It looks like the Copyright Trolls are trying to make good on their threats to start suing individuals who refuse to settle up. Earlier, Daniel G. Ruggiero named Robert Liberatore in a suit filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Now, Ruggiero has filed another suit, also in Pennsylvania, this time against Edward Huynh. The… Continue Reading

Seriously?!?! The CIA Has To Investigate Copyright Infringers? Updated

Posted in Interesting Cases

TorrentFreak just reported that the Australian equivalent of our C.I.A. (the Central Intelligence Agency, not the Copyright Infringement Advisor) was illegally spying on Kim Dotcom to help the U.S. build a case against MegaUpload. Turns out the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the Australian CIA, is legally prohibited from spying on New Zealand citizens like… Continue Reading

Apple Infringes Swiss Rail Copyrights

Posted in Firm Cases, Interesting Cases

So you would think after Apple wins a billion dollars against Samsung for patent infringement, that they would be a little more sensitive about infringing the rights of others. Well, guess again. Swiss Federal Railways just announced that it may be pursuing legal action against Apple for putting a knock-off clock face in iOS 6…. Continue Reading

Abrahams v. Hard Drive: Update 2

Posted in Contingent Fee, Doe Counter-Suits, I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases, Porn Industry

Well this is big news:  Following up on my earlier update on this case, there was a hearing today on the Abrahams v. Hard Drive case to argue Abrahams two-strike dismissal motion.  I’m not exactly sure what was said, but here is the order basically dismissing Hard Drives claims. What?!?! It was stipulated that the… Continue Reading

Court’s Patience With Bittorrent Litigation Wearing Thin

Posted in Contingent Fee, I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases, Porn Industry

As both FightCopyrightTrolls and DieTrollDie have recently reported, the Courts are growing increasingly impatient with plaintiffs in mass bittorrent litigation. Orders severing the defendants are becoming commonplace, and the plaintiffs are finding those cases substantially less lucrative. First, Judge Hill  is reported to have killed many of the porn-related bittorrent suits down in Louisiana.  Effectively,… Continue Reading

“Does” Start To Strike Back In Bittorrent Litigation

Posted in Doe Counter-Suits, Interesting Cases

Over at FightCopyrightTrolls, they put together a great listing of cases where the hunted has become the hunter.  ”John Does” as they are called frequently crumble and settle under the pressure of the plaintiffs in mass bittorrent cases. Sometimes the Does just ignore the cases, but that too has its dangers.  Rarely, but more and… Continue Reading

Viacom Sued Over Photo of Demi Moore

Posted in DMCA Safe Harbor, Interesting Cases, Online piracy

National Photo Group is a company that licenses photographs of celebrities. They claim to own the copyrights on a multitude of  photographs of celebrities.  Licensing those photographs to online and print publications is the ‘bread and butter of its business.’  Viacom is the parent company of VH1, which as we all know is a television channel… Continue Reading

Prenda Law Lawyer Gets Hammered

Posted in I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases

It seems like these copyright plaintiff’s lawyers for the porn industry just can’t do anything right.  Yesterday I blogged about a Federal Judge who ordered a copyright plaintiff’s lawyer to show cause why he shouldn’t be sanctioned for completely ignoring the Judge’s order.  Today, another judge drops the hammer on a different lawyer, Joseph Perea. Looks… Continue Reading

Seth Abrahams v. Hard Drive Productions heats up

Posted in Doe Counter-Suits, I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases, Porn Industry

This is an interesting copyright infringement case.  If you haven’t heard, this case is part of an ever-increasing battle brewing between the porn-industry copyright crusades and the getting-tired-of-it public.  Here is some background on the cases: HDP v. Does 1-118 [4:11-cv-01567] Filed Mar. 31, 2011 First, Hard Drive Productions filed another one of the many… Continue Reading

Oracle Wins Nothing In Google Copyright Suit

Posted in Interesting Cases, Oracle v. Google, Software Protection

In the ongoing battle that is the Oracle versus Google lawsuit, Oracle has now agreed that Google owes nothing for copyright infringement.  Not exactly, but sort of. To recap, Oracle sued Google for both patent infringement and copyright infringement over Google’s Android smartphone operating system. By the end, a jury found that Google did infringe… Continue Reading

Porn Industry on a Copyright Roll

Posted in Interesting Cases, Porn Industry

I’ve mentioned a few victories for the porn industry in copyright infringement suits recently, including a huge $4 Million default judgment by Fraserside, IP.  Guess they were emboldened with that victory and have tried again.  Fraserside have filed another lawsuit, this time against the so-called “Porn Family Mafia.” The defendants are accused of hosting a… Continue Reading

Porn Industry Wins Another Copyright Victory

Posted in Interesting Cases, Online piracy

I mentioned earlier about the $4 Million default judgment entered against the site for the unauthorized streaming of some porn movies. That’s real money. Well, it happened again.  This time, Corbin Fisher and Titan Media secured a summary judgment victory against GLBT Ltd. for copyright infringement.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with… Continue Reading

Oracle Forced To Drop Software Patents To Pursue Software Copyrights

Posted in Interesting Cases, Oracle v. Google, Software Protection

Recall that Oracle sued Google for both copyright infringement and patent infringement based, allegedly, on Google’s use of the JAVA technology in the Android phone operating system.  At the time that suit was filed, I’m certain the thinking was that those Oracle software patents would be the strongest part of the case.  That’s what everyone… Continue Reading

Fraserside Awarded $4 Million Against

Posted in I.P. Address Suits, Interesting Cases, Litigation Damages

Judges are clearly of two different minds when it comes to copyright infringement and culpability.  For example, consider these two recent cases that are similar on the facts, but have very different outcomes. K-Beech, Inc. v. Schreiber and Valdez, et al. In this case, K-Beech sued several people for copyright infringement of a small number… Continue Reading

Oracle Advances Software Copyrights, Drops Patent Claims Against Google

Posted in Interesting Cases, Oracle v. Google, Software Protection

I frequently blog about the benefits of software copyrights over software patents.  I’ve also mentioned how Oracle is leading the charge in terms of promoting its software copyrights more than its software patents. Nowhere is it more apparent that software patents are the new thing, and software patents are out, than in the Oracle v…. Continue Reading

Hana Beshara (Phara) Goes To Jail for Criticizing the Government

Posted in Interesting Cases, Online piracy, Software Protection

Hana Beshara, the self-proclaimed attractive co-founder of NinjaVideo, was recently sentenced to 22 months in jail.  Now this really isn’t a big surprise, given the government’s fairly recent push to demonize and vilify people who push the limits of fair use online. As a copyright attorney myself, I can’t really say I’m in favor of… Continue Reading