Posts Tagged ‘Copyright’

Reblogged: Marc Randazza lays the hammer down on scam artist “Take Down Lawyer”

October 31, 2012

Antonin I. Pribetic:

English: Head-shot of Marc J. Randazza in Mass... First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza provides a forensic demonstration on how a real “take down lawyer” handles an online scam artist who is impersonating a lawyer and extorting his victims for a fee. See also, Marc’s follow-up posts: isanybodydown.com responds! , More on operation “involuntary porn” and Still more on isanybodydown.com

 

I also highly recommend Ken @ Popehat’s companion post: “The Takedown Lawyer”: Let’s Help Marc Randazza Investigate A Scammer, Shall We?

Originally posted on The Legal Satyricon:

When it comes to porn, here are my rules:

Rule #1: The subjects must be adults
Rule #2: The subjects must be consenting adults

If you don’t break either of those rules, I am on your side. I will defend your right to make, watch, display, and sell that content.

Break either rule, and I want to hurt you for the damage you do to others.

I want to hurt isanybodydown.com. I want to hurt them bad. Who’s with me?

Here’s their business plan:

Step one: Register the domain name “isanybodydown.com”

Step two: Get ahold of nude photos of people who never consented to having their photos published.

Step three: Publish them, along with their names, home towns, and links to their facebook profiles.

So now how do you “profit?”

Well, openly saying “I’ll take down the photo for $250,” would probably create some legal issues for you. So, instead…

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Sam Castree III, “Cyber-Plagiarism for Sale!: The Growing Problem of Blatant Copyright Infringement in Online Digital Media Stores”

September 19, 2012
Copyright Into Infinity

Copyright Into Infinity (Photo credit: Post-Software)

Sam Castree III (J.D. Candidate (Chicago-Kent College of Law) has posted “Cyber-Plagiarism for Sale!: The Growing Problem of Blatant Copyright Infringement in Online Digital Media Stores”. Here’s the abstract:

While much ink and rhetoric have been spilled over cyber-piracy, there has been little mention of the problem of what we shall call ‘cyber-plagiarism': thieves copying completely the works of others and selling them on online digital media stores like Apple’s App Store and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Because the current state of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act does not properly address cyber-plagiarism and digital media stores, this article suggests a new safe harbor to be added to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that is fair both to the legitimate authors and to digital media store operators. The proposed safe harbor would clarify many of the ambiguities of the current § 512(c) safe harbor for “Information Residing on Systems or Networks At Direction of Users”; it would place slightly more stringent duties on digital media store operators, in return for significantly limiting the amount of damages for which the operators would be liable under secondary copyright liability.

 Download a copy of the paper via SSRN here.

I Hate RSS Scrapers Who Breach My Copyright

May 11, 2012

I can’t stand Flawging or Splawging (spam law blogging), but I genuinely detest Blog Scraping, including RSS scraping.

It is more than plagiarism.

It is intellectual property theft.

The Trial Warrior Blog is a personal law blog (blawg). I devote a significant amount of time and energy in writing posts for the benefit of my readers. It is NOT commercial speech or lawyer advertising and is in no way associated with my legal practice or my law firm.

I have previously taken a stand on this issue, which resulted in lawyerlocate.ca abandoning its RSS aggregator feed.

Today I noticed that one of my posts has been redirected by an RSS feed in violation of my copyright. The only exceptions are where I have authorized or consented to have my blawg being added to a RSS feed aggregator (e.g. Canadian Law Blogs List at lawblogs.ca because Steve Matthews had the courtesy to ask first) or the exclusive, non-transferrable license granted to Newstex to syndicate my blawg, for which I receive a nominal royalty which covers administrative costs associated with operating my blawg. (more…)

Jon Garon on “Tidying Up the Internet: Take Down of Unauthorized Content under Copyright, Trademark and Defamation Law”

April 2, 2012

Jon Garon (NKU Chase College of Law) has posted “Tidying Up the Internet: Take Down of Unauthorized Content under Copyright, Trademark and Defamation Law”. Here is the abstract:

As business clients make available an ever-increasing array of online content and services, the specter of liability for inappropriate online content looms large. Still, U.S. federal law protects businesses that adopt appropriate take-down regimes for copyright infringement, defamatory content, and even improper use of competitor’s trademarks. As business clients make available an ever-increasing array of online content and services, the specter of liability for inappropriate online content looms large. Still, federal law protects businesses that adopt appropriate take-down regimes for copyright infringement, defamatory content, and even improper use of competitor’s trademarks. While the percentage of complaints suggests that the notice-and-take-down system is a minor aspect of the Internet media ecology, the existence of the system remains a source of tremendous anger for many. Moreover significant litigation in the past year has renewed the focus on these legal tools to tidy the Internet to cleanse it of unwanted or unauthorized content. This article will focus on the recent activity in the courts and congress regarding the various attempts to deal with unauthorized, unwanted and controversial content available on the Internet.

Download the article from SSRN here.

(h/t Inforrm’s Blog)

Marc Randazza: A Sentinel for Free Speech

March 15, 2012

English: Head-shot of Marc J. Randazza in Mass...

Marc Randazza

Marc Randazza.

The name is familiar to many within the legal profession and the general public.

Marc Randazza’s stellar reputation as a leading First Amendment attorney and iconoclast is richly deserved. As the principal of the Randazza Legal Group, his credentials are impeccable. There are few lawyers like Marc Randazza who can garner such a deep and abiding respect from his peers, while striking fear and loathing in the hollow, cavernous, shrivelled hearts of censurious asshats, copyright trolls and Quislings of free speech.

I cannot say that Marc Randazza is a friend of mine. We have never met and only exchanged a few emails. I can say, without reservation, that it is my singular honour and distinct privilege to have Marc Randazza as my lawyer in the infamous Rakofsky v. The Internet litigation.

Don’t believe me? Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what other blawgers are saying about Marc Randazza:

You’ll also likely notice that Marc Randazza’s blog, The Legal Satyricon, is on my blog roll (side bar). Read it. You’ll not only learn something new and important, you will also be entertained and probably offended. I said read it. Go there now. What are you waiting for?
In parting, a quote from The American President (1995) that I believe captures the essence of Marc Randazza:
“…America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”…”
                                    ~President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas)

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