Daily News Brief: Pirate Bay Engulfed in Legal Storm

Daily News Brief: Pirate Bay Engulfed in Legal Storm

Pirate Bay Unfazed by Lawsuits

BitTorrent tracker site Pirate Bay gears up to fight a three front legal barrage, starting with the Swedish government, who seeks to prosecute the site's admins for allegedly supporting copyright infringement. Flanking them from the side, Prince is targeting Pirate Bay, along with eBay and YouTube, and has vowed to take all three down. And finally, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry plans to skirmish over Pirate Bay's domain name takeover of ifpi.com. While most would find such a legal onslaught no laughing matter, Peter Sunde, one of the admins, was quoted as saying "it's kinda funny." More responses to legal threats can be viewed here.

PSP Slim Sees Fat Sales

Just two months after launch, the slimmed down Playstation Portable leaped over the one million units sold mark in Japan. Thanks in part to Final Fantasy VII, more than 325,000 PSP slims were snatched up in the first ten days alone. In addition to weighing 33 percent less than the original PSP, the Slim version sports a faster UMD drive, longer battery life, and the ability to output video to television sets.

Europe Embraces Blu-ray

In what appears to be a never-ending seesaw battle, Blu-ray is claiming victory in Europe where they've sold over 1 million high definition movies. That accounts for 73 percent of all high definition DVDs sold, outselling HD-DVD almost three-to-one. The best selling titles pushing the sales include 300, Spider-Man 3, and Pirates of Caribbean: At World's End.

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Others Fail Greenpeace Test

Greenpeace criticized Microsoft and Nintendo for taking too long to phase out toxic chemicals from their game consoles, and Philips and Sharp drew ire over lackluster policies for recycling outdated products. The four companies represent the bottom of the rankings barrel out of 18 companies, and Nintendo became the first company to score 0 out of 10 points. Apple, who formerly held the bottom spot, now ranks number 11.

Dubai International Expands Portfolio

Last week, Dubai's purchase of a 9 percent stake in AMD drew more chatter than AMD's long awaited release of Phenom, and apparently Dubai's not finished with their buying spree. The $13 billion fund manager yesterday announced a "substantial" purchase of Sony shares, for an as yet undisclosed amount. News of the sale sent Sony shares up 4.6 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Google May Offer Online Storage

GMail account holders can already use their accounts as a storage medium, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Google is preparing to officially offer a tiered storage service. No hard numbers have been released, but the bottom tier will be free, with additional storage space offered for a fee.

EBay Liable over Fake Items?

That's the question that may soon be answered in court, as Tiffany & Co. gears up to sue eBay over auctions of counterfeit merchandise. Some four years back, Tiffany officials went on a buying spree, purchasing hundreds of items labeled as 'Tiffany's' and found that 73 percent were fake. Tiffany's lawyer James Swire claims eBay is liable for "contributory infringement," and that it's not enough to only remove fraudulent listings after being notified by a trademark holder. If found guilty, eBay could face a major shift in policy regarding trademarked goods.

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hogkill

It is their responsibility to police fraud because they are making money off of it even if they aren't the ones commiting the fraud.

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Talcum X

Is it their responsability to police this? I don't know how they monitor or have policy over such things. I'm an eBayer from way back. I remember when it was still ok to sell firearms there until the ATF poo-pooed it. I don't know, I guess it's whoever deals the most convincing case in court. In a case, were if a seller knowingly selling fake items has been reported by buyers multiple times wasn't handled in a proper fashion, I could say 'yes, eBay is at fault' for permitting that particular seller to continue. But I think most times it's the seller has an item they believe to be the 'real deal' and may not be. There are a lot of knockoffs on eBay, just look in the antique bottle area, or Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary items. Plenty there too. The wife got suckered into a few of those last Christmas.

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Talcum X

eBay is just a means to sell items, they aren't the actual seller. Where do they get off on doing this? They should go after the people selling the fakes. If they listed it in the local newspaper, is the paper at fault? HELL NO! It's the sellers resposability to list the item as it is (or believed to be). We all know that not everyone selling on online auctions are honest. But still, it's up to the buyer to find out as much as possible before placing a bid on any item. It has been, and always will be "buyer beware".

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MantaBase

I think part of the issue is that ebay knows or should reasonably be expected to know the items are fake. If a newspaper knows that something is fraudulent, then running the ad could be considered aiding in the fraud. -Just IMO. I heard that in the case of Tiffany, they actually alert ebay and they are complaining that ebay doesn't respond. That would mean ebay knows there is an issue.

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